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Prime Minister says she shares Jamaicans' economic pain

Published: Thursday January 2, 2014 | 9:32 am Comments 0
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller – File
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller – File

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says she shares the pain of Jamaicans facing economic hardships.

In a wide-ranging message marking the start of 2014 yesterday, the Prime Minister said the country’s economic programme with the International Monetary Fund, has in some instances been hard on Jamaicans.

However, she said there is no alternative and citizens will have to stay the course of economic adjustment.

Simpson Miller says she is aware of the increasing prices for goods and services as she also goes to the supermarket.

However, she noted that the Government has responded to the economic hardships by maintaining a high level of social spending.

The Prime Minister has cited the overall increase of 15 per cent to beneficiaries of the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education.

In December the Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier announced that the minimum wage will be increased by $600, from $5,000 to $5,600 for a 40-hour workweek.

The increase is to take effect next week Monday.

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