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Vaz takes the first cut

Published:Monday | April 15, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Member of parliament for West Portland, Daryl Vaz, has made good on his promise to take a five per cent pay cut in solidarity with members of the public and the Jamaican workforce who are being asked to make sacrifices in the interest of the country.

In a letter dated April 8, Vaz wrote to clerk to the Houses of Parliament, Heather Cooke, asking her to instruct the accounts department to make the deduction beginning this month.

Vaz describes the move as a "voluntary and independent pay cut which I have decided to take".

However, members of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party are not in a hurry to join their colleague.

Leader of Opposition Business in the House, Delroy Chuck, told The Gleaner that a pay cut was an individual choice.

"It is an individual choice and we feel that the Government must lead and set the tone of sacrifice for the country," Chuck asserted.

However, he noted that if the Portia Simpson Miller administration made a sacrifice, members of the Opposition could respond accordingly.