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Union representing gov't workers puts industrial action plans on hold

Published:Tuesday | January 9, 2018 | 1:04 PM
Davis Whyte says Prime Minister Andrews asked for more time to allow the matter to be discussed at the Cabinet retreat.

The leadership of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) has put a hold for now on any possible industrial action by government workers it represents to allow Cabinet to have further discussions on their wage issues.

At a press conference on Friday, the JCTU indicated that there could be widespread "sickness'' across the public sector this week if the outcome of Monday's Cabinet meeting to discuss wage increases is not favourable.

This morning, union president, Helene Davis Whyte, told our news centre that Prime Minister Andrew Holness called the union yesterday afternoon indicating that Cabinet has begun considering the issue and is working on a resolution that's favourable to both parties.

Davis Whyte says Prime Minister Andrews asked for more time to allow the matter to be discussed at the Cabinet retreat.

She says the union agreed and is eagerly awaiting the outcome of the talks.

 

JCTU President, Helene Davis Whyte