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Gov't must put down its foot

Published:Thursday | April 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:

The Government of the day has its hands full addressing the country's social, economic, political and environmental problems. However, my concern is with the quality of governance that is being dispensed as far as it concerns the salaries of public workers.

On the one hand, I think that the Government is not communicating the severity of the shortage of money because of the recession to this sector, because they, workers in the public sector, are still demanding their pound of flesh.

Second, the Government should reiterate that it is broke and cannot meet any of the demands, and that many persons would be retrenched if they continue to hold out. Alternatively, the Government could reach a compromise by offering bonds with multiple maturity dates, with interest rates aligned with current inflation rate so as to galvanise them from further loss.

In all fairness, public workers need their increase but not at the expense of sick persons, the schoolchildren, or our national safety.

The Government is there to manage. Let them put down their foot or leave!

I am, etc.,


Kingston 20