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JCTU receives draft wage agreement from government

Published:Friday | July 31, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) says it has now received a draft heads of agreement from the government.

The agreement outlines the wages and benefits which are to be paid to the more than 40,000 public sector workers who are represented by the confederation.

JCTU Vice-President Helene Davis Whyte says the document is being circulated for discussion among the members of the confederation.

She says it is too early to say how soon the union and the government may ink a deal.


JCTU Vice-President Helene Davis Whyte

The JCTU had indicated that it had requested a 25 per cent wage increase when it submitted its wage claim to the government for the 2015-2017 contract period.

However, the government countered with a five per cent offer.

The union rejected the offer and the government increased its proposal to seven per cent.

The JCTU again rejected that offer.

Following further discussions, the union proposed to the government a flat increase of $4,000 instead of a percentage increase.

The flat increase would be accompanied by adjustments in allowances and other benefits.

Other unions have said they are not in favour of a flat dollar-figure increase.