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More government wage negotiations with teachers, cops today

Published:Wednesday | December 20, 2017 | 9:28 AM

The Government is today expected to enter into another round of wage negotiations with representatives of the island’s teachers and rank and file cops.

Today’s meeting follows a disappointing round of talks last week, which saw the Jamaica Teachers’ Association and the Jamaica Police Federation rejecting the latest wage offer from the Government.

In those meetings the government modified its offer of a six per cent increase.

However, that was only to offer the groups a four per cent increase in year one and two per cent in year two, instead of the previous configuration of a three per cent increase in each year of the contract.

Head of the JTA, Georgia Waugh-Richards, said the Minister of Finance Audley Shaw indicated in their meeting last week that he would have consultations with the Cabinet on specific items of the claim ahead of today’s meeting.

Yesterday, National Security Minister Robert Montague appealed to rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to abandon any plans to embark on a strike.

Montague said he's aware of messages that cops plan to take industrial action on December 23.

However, he appealed to cops to allow the wage negotiations to take place without any disruption to public safety.


National Security Minister, Robert Montague

Last week opposition spokesman on the Public Service, Lambert Brown described the government’s latest offer to public workers as a gimmick.

He said it resembles a three-card trick, rather than a serious attempt by an administration to settle public sector salaries and benefits.