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PM to meet with public sector unions this week

Published:Monday | January 15, 2018 | 9:58 AMGareth Manning

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is expected to hold talks with the heads of various bargaining units this week, as the government seeks to ease concern over protracted wage talks involving public sector workers.

Last month the police staged two sickouts to protest the proposed six per cent wage increase over two years.

Nurses also staged a similar protest in November.

Tension between government and the country's teachers eased last week after news emerged that favourable consideration was being given to certain fringe benefits proposed by the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA). 

JTA president Georgia Waugh-Richards says Prime Minister Holness had informed her that the Cabinet reacted favourably to proposed improvements to several fringe benefits.

However, teachers will know this week, the government's proposal for an increase in basic wages.