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Civil servants demand retro pay outside finance ministry

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Civil servants across various sectors this morning staged a protest across from the offices of the Ministry of Finance and Planning at Heroes Circle in Kingston.

Dressed in black, the public sector workers chanted slogans and demanded that retroactive sums for travelling allowances due to them be paid by December.


Acting president of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, Robert Chung says after months of negotiations with the Government, civil servants took the seven per cent wage increase offered by the government because of adjustments to other benefits.

However, he says according to a recent circular from the Finance Ministry, public sector workers will have to wait to get their retroactive payments until the first quarter of the 2016/2017 financial year.

Chung says this has not gone down well with the civil servants.

He says after waiting for six years in a wage freeze, they believe whatever is due to them must be paid in full and in short order. 

They are requesting that the Finance Ministry look into the situation to ensure that the complete implementation of the agreement is achieved by the end of 2015.

Chung said if this is not done, normalcy cannot be guaranteed.