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Gov't proposes 16 per cent increase over four years for doctors

Published:Tuesday | February 6, 2018 | 9:01 AMJerome Reynolds
President of the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association Dr Elon Thompson. He has called a meeting for next week to discuss the new wage offer with members.

The Government has offered the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association a 16 per cent salary increase over four years.

The offer was presented by government negotiators at a meeting yesterday.

The government had previously offered a six percent increase over two years, with three per cent in year one and another three per cent in year two.

However, that offer was rejected.

The parties are negotiating the terms for the 2017-19 contract year but the government now wants to extend the contract period from the usual two to four years.

It also presented two wage options to the doctors.

The first option will see a six percent increase in year one, no increase in the second year, five percent in year three and another five percent increase in year four.
 
The second option is for a five per cent increase in year one,  two percent in year two,  four per cent increase in year three and five per cent in year four.

The increase will be applied to base salary, meal allowance, emergency duty and incentive in lieu of emergency duty.

During the four years of the contract, no new allowances will be introduced.

The Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association has called an emergency meeting for next week Tuesday, February 13 to vote on the offer.

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