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Jamaica Civil Service Association wants to see Heads of Agreement benefits expedited

Published:Tuesday | January 14, 2014 | 10:32 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association O’Neil Grant is urging the Government to expedite the implementation of benefits to public-sector workers under the Heads of Agreement.




Grant says civil servants have been patient and greater effort should be made to make the benefits available.



He points out that it is almost a year since the deal was signed.



In exchange for foregoing an increase in wages and salaries, public sectors workers were granted several non-cash benefits.



Among the benefits are after care facilities, health and wellness centres, the expansion of the government transportation programme and preferential housing solutions.



While acknowledging that work is ongoing on some matters, the association president wants to see the pace of implementation fast tracked.



The wage freeze agreement, which was signed last March, was one of the critical prior actions for Jamaica to seal an agreement with the International Monetary Fund.



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