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Public sector groups on alert as Cabinet discusses wage negotiations

Published:Monday | January 8, 2018 | 11:49 AM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness and other members of the Cabinet will today discuss the issue of public sector wages - File photo

Several public sector groups are on alert as the Cabinet meets today to discuss the government’s next move in the protracted wage negotiations.

On Friday, the leadership of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions indicated that there could be widespread 'sickness' across the public sector this week if the outcome of today's Cabinet meeting is not favourable.

Teachers and rank and file members of the police force are among the groups anxiously awaiting the outcome.

The Jamaica Police Federation, which represents cops, had written to Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, seeking his intervention after the wage negotiations reached a deadlock at the finance ministry.

In a reply to general secretary Sergeant Cecil McCalla, Holness said the issue required a broad discussion with the Cabinet and ministry of finance.

He said the Cabinet would meet today and at that time further consideration and advice would be given to the finance minister and his negotiating team.

Holness said while the economic signals and prospects are all pointing in the right direction, the government’s next action will determine whether the country remains on the course to recovery.

Thousands of police officers called in sick late last month in protests over unfavourable wage negotiations with the Government.

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