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PM says finance minister told to energise public sector wage talks

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 12:50 PM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says he has spoken with the finance minister over the unsatisfactory pace at which public sector wage negotiations are going.

Speaking at a joint Government/IMF media briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday, Mr Holness said he held discussions with Audley Shaw to see how the negotiations with unions representing public sector groups can be energised.

The prime minister says while it is expected that unions will resist the offer of the government during the preliminary rounds, the negotiations have not been progressing at a satisfactory pace.

He insists that it is crucial to conclude the negotiations as some amount of fiscal uncertainty is created if the Government does not know what its wage obligations will be going into the new fiscal year.

In the meantime, the prime minister is appealing to the unions to seriously consider the government's six per cent wage offer over two years.

He is promising that the Government will always maintain a respectful and collaborative stance in the negotiations.