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Wage freeze leaves gov't workers boiling

Published:Friday | July 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM


I refer to your news report 'Civil-service group says no to another wage freeze' (July 9, 2014). I welcome the Jamaica Civil Service Association's stance on the upcoming public-sector wage negotiations for 2015-2017. It is only fair.

Having been under a wage freeze since 2009, considering the devaluation in the dollar and price increases generally, in real terms, public-sector workers would have suffered a decrease in compensation.

To rub salt into the wound, this is made worse when juxtaposed against the profligacy demonstrated by the present government in travel expenses and purchases of new vehicles.

The Government's refusal to share the sacrifice with the burdened public-sector workers by taking a pay cut, as Bruce Golding and Jamaica Labour Party-aligned MPs did, shows nothing but contempt for them and the people of Jamaica generally.