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Government to report on JUTC discount for public sector workers next week

Published:Friday | September 19, 2014 | 9:42 PM

Unions representing public sector workers are to hear next week what level of discount, if any, the Government will offer to its members who use the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).



President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, O’Neil Grant, says officials from the Ministry of Finance are to provide an update on the proposal when the Public Sector Monitoring Committee meets on Wednesday.



Grant says based on previous discussions with the Government, he is optimistic that the unions will get positive news when they meet next week.



The union has been pressing the Government to provide public sector workers with a reprieve following bus fare increases last month.



Adult fares moved from $100 to $120.



Students and the disabled are paying $10 more for a fare of $30, while the elderly are charged $40, up from $20.



According to the JCSA the hike further burdens public sector workers who have been under a wage restraint.



The union has maintained that the Government must step in to ease the transportation costs of public sector workers.



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