PM optimistic about common ground on public sector wage talks
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says he is certain common ground can be reached in the contentious public sector wage negotiations now under way.
In his New Year's message, Holness said he was aware of the sacrifice public sector workers have made.
However, he said the economy is still fragile and any unreasonable action by any stakeholder can derail economic growth.
The prime minister's comments came against the background of stalled wage talks between the Jamaica Police Federation and the government.
The Federation has rejected the government's offer of six per cent increase over two years.
The police union, which represents rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force has written to the Prime Minister twice seeking his intervention and Holness has promised to respond.
Nurses and teachers have also expressed dissatisfaction with the six per cent offer from the government.
In the meantime, he is urging public sector groups to bear in mind that wages are connected to productivity and government can only pay more if it collects more in taxes.