Public sector 'sick-out' likely next week
Syranno Baines, Gleaner Writer
The leadership of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) has indicated that there could be 'widespread sickness' across the public sector come next week if the outcome of Monday's Cabinet meeting for wage increases is not favourable.
Speaking at a press briefing a short while ago, JCTU Vice-President, O'Neil Grant said the umbrella group which represents thousands of public sector employees is prepared to stand with restive workers who choose to take industrial action.
"If the government does not signal to us something that we can take back to the workers, we cannot guarantee that there will be normalcy, we cannot guarantee that come next week teachers will be turning out or remain on the job, we cannot guarantee that there will not be more sickness across the public sector because people are just falling ill based on the fact that they're physically stressed because the government is not treating them properly," said Grant.
Grant stated that the confederation cannot continue to advise workers to "hold strain".
He added: "They would look at us and call us idiots if we continue to tell them that in the face of a government that is not responding to the overtures we have been making in relation to being flexible and innovative to deal with the issue of wage increases."