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Ministry of Finance to meet with upset correctional officers

Published:Tuesday | January 28, 2014 | 8:39 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Ministry of Finance has moved to pacify tempers among correctional officers and has called a meeting for this week to discuss a salary dispute.




Last week, correctional officers and their unions expressed deep disappointment that the government had rejected an increase in salary and benefits.



They also indicated that they were prepared to take action to press their demand.



Chairman of the Jamaica Federation of Corrections, Arlington Turner, says the parties are to decide on a meeting date.



Turner maintains that correctional officers are adamant that they be paid what is due to them.



In a letter to the unions last week, Minister with responsibility for the Public Sector, Horace Dalley, said the government could not accommodate any adjustments as it may affect obligations under the agreement with the International Monetary Fund.



Under the deal, the government has committed to bring down the country’s public sector wage bill to nine per cent of Gross Domestic Product by 2016.



However, correctional officers and their unions have accused the government of being unfair claiming that only firefighters have benefited from the relativity study which was carried out to align the salaries of both groups.



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