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Union urges Gov't not to cut public sector

Published:Monday | February 11, 2013 | 2:11 PM

President of the National Workers’ Union (NWU) Vincent Morrison is urging the Government not to cut the size of the public sector as he believes this will have a devastating impact on the economy.

Instead, Morrison says he wants to hear clear plans to grow the economy when Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips address the nation tonight.

Simpson-Miller and Dr. Phillips will update the nation on the status of the negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Speaking at a press conference following a three-day Cabinet retreat the finance minister said wage restraints was among the measures which will be implemented as the administration aims to ink a deal with the IMF.

However, Morrison says sending more people into the unemployment line is counterproductive.

He says what is needed are clear growth strategies by the government and greater investment by the private sector.

Jamaica is seeking a four-year extended fund facility from the IMF.



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