JCTU considering response to four-year wage cycle
The Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) is now mulling how it will respond to the government’s decision to increase the public sector wage negotiation cycle to four years.
Speaking on beyond the Headlines on RJR 94 FM yesterday, JCTU president Helene Davis-Whyte, said the move by the government sets a bad precedent and smacks of disregard for the bargaining process.
She says the JCTU is contemplating its response.
Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw yesterday tabled the Financial Administration and Audit (Compensation Negotiating Cycles) Order of 2018 which effectively locks government employees into a four-year negotiating cycle ending March 2021.
Some public sector groups, such as teachers and the police have rejected the four-year agreement, insisting that they want to ink a two-year wage deal.
On the motion of adjournment yesterday, opposition spokesman on the public service Horace Dalley castigated Shaw for tabling the regulation without first completing negotiations with a number of public sector groups.
However, said the arrangement was part of the government’s macro-economic objectives supported by the Extended Fund Facility of 2013 and the 2016 Precautionary Stand-by Arrangement with the International Monetary Fund.