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JCTU rejects proposal to use NHT refunds to fund crime fighting

Published:Monday | January 15, 2018 | 1:00 PM
A section of the National Housing Trust (NHT) building in Kingston. Businessman John Mahfood had suggested that the contribution refunds of the NHT be discontinued to fund crime fighting.

The Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) is rejecting a suggestion for the government to redirect National Housing Trust (NHT) contribution refunds to fund crime fighting initiatives.

Businessman John Mahfood had suggested that the contribution refunds of the NHT be discontinued to fund crime fighting as the country grapples with finding resources to address the spiralling murder rate.

However, President of the JCTU, Helene Davis Whyte, says that would not be an acceptable proposal.

 

President of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions, Helene Davis Whyte

Davis Whyte says while the JCTU understands that the issue of crime is a major problem at this time, the government could use other funds to finance crime.

In an interview with The Gleaner yesterday, Mahfood, who is also the CEO of Jamaican Teas, said the government has not been bold enough in tackling Jamaica's growing crime problem.

He also blamed private sector business groups such as the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce for failing to pressure the government enough to address the scourge of crime.

The businessman has also proposed channelling the roughly $45 billion currently held in dormant bank accounts locally towards tackling crime.

The proposal from Mahfood follows on previous commitments by him to contribute from his personal funds to the crime fighting effort.