Opposition not signing social partnership agreement
Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor – Radio
The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has said signing the Social Partnership Agreement could compromise its constitutional responsibility as an opposition.
Yesterday evening the party confirmed it would not be one of the signatories to the accord to be signed next Wednesday.
It says it is in support of the agreement and has been participating in the discussions of the National Partnership Council.
However, the JLP says its firm in its view that it is not necessary for the opposition to be involved in the signing of this agreement.
The JLP says it will continue to participate in the discussions with government and other stakeholders with a view to strengthening the process of collaboration.
However its general secretary, Horace Chang says elements of the document could lead to the JLP compromising its role as opposition.
The National Partnership Council, chaired by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, is comprised of representatives of the Government, Opposition, private sector, trade unions, civil society, academia and special interests.
It is a forum for discussing national issues and for fostering collaboration and consensus.
Various administrations have been trying for years to sign off on a Social Partnership Agreement with the talks resuming in 2011 with the signing of a Code of Conduct.
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