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UTASP to press government on non-payment of public sector workers deductions

Published:Friday | September 26, 2014 | 4:15 PM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Union of Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Personnel (UTASP) says it is prepared to take action to press the government to pay over millions in deductions owed to financial institutions for public sector workers.

General Secretary, St Patrice Ennis says the union is frustrated by the government’s empty promises to settle the matter.

It is reported that the government has failed to pay over $700 million in deductions.

Ennis says the action of the government is a slap in the face of public sector workers who have made sacrifices such as foregoing wage increases for the last five years.

He stressed that the non-payment of the deductions has resulted in many public sector workers being subjected to higher repayment interest rates on loans from financial institutions.

He further says the situation has caused many civil servants to become bad debtors with some being hauled before the courts by creditors.

The UTASP General Secretary says his members have lost confidence in the Government as it regards the payment of deductions.

He further says his members are opposed to beginning negotiations with the government for the new contract period until the debt has been cleared.


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