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Public sector wage freeze talks ongoing

Published:Wednesday | May 16, 2012

WHILE SOME public-sector groups have vowed to reject a wage freeze this year, Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips yesterday stayed clear of a government position on the issue, saying negotiations were under way.

Opposition Spokesman on Finance Audley Shaw wanted to know whether a wage freeze had been agreed with the public sector in the context of a tight budget and talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

"We do not now have an agreement. We are in the process of negotiations with the IMF and we are in the process of negotiations with the public-sector workers. None of these have been brought to conclusion," Phillips told Parliament's Standing Finance Committee yesterday during its review of the Estimates of Expenditure for 2012-2013.

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