Civil servants group insists no more wage freeze
Jerome Reynolds, Gleaner Writer
President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, O’Neil Grant, is reiterating that the union will not support another round of wage freeze and has called for the government to reject any such plans.
Public sector workers have been under wage restraints for five years.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), with which Jamaica has a four-year standby loan agreement, has reportedly urged the government not to lift the wage freeze.
But Grant says government workers have been holding strain for far too long and need an adjustment in wages and salaries in light of the harsh economic climate.
According to him, public sector workers are under significant pressure with many of them taking out loans to provide for themselves and their families.
Grant says the association and its members will stand firm against any attempt to extend the wage freeze.
Grant was speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106 FM.
The government and unions representing public sector workers are slated to begin wage negotiations next month.
Under the IMF deal, the Government has agreed to reduce Jamaica's public sector wage bill to nine percent of Gross Domestic Product by 2016.
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