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UUJ to sign MOU3

Published:Thursday | May 8, 2008 | 5:10 PM

The United Union of Jamaica (UUJ) has decided to sign the third Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for public sector workers.



The official signing of the MOU took place on April 18, but according to UUJ President James Francis at the time the union was not in agreement with the rates being offered to public sector workers.



The government offered a 15 percent wage increase in year one and 7 percent in year two.



Mr. Francis said the members of the union have since instructed that the document be signed on the basis that the rates will apply to all public sector workers.



He said the union has received a committment from the Finance Ministry that the new rates will be paid next month.



At least four other public sector groups have indicated that they will not be signing the new wage agreement with the government.



They are the Nurses Association of Jamaica, the Jamaica Teachers Association, the Police Federation and the National Workers Union.