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Double digit wage increase coming for correctional officers

Published:Thursday | April 3, 2014 | 2:48 PM

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Minister with responsibility for the public service, Horace Dalley, has said correctional officers will be getting a double digit increase in wages this fiscal year.




Dalley told The Gleaner that the correctional officers, who have been protesting to press their demands for benefits, will be getting increases which will be twice the level of the current rate of inflation.



The inflation rate was at 7.2 per cent at the end of February.



This means the correctional officer will be getting around a 14 percent increase.



The minister said the new rate took efect on January 1, 2014, but noted that the government has not yet began paying the increase.



He said this will be done by way of a lump sum payment early in the fiscal year.



Dalley however, conceded that the correctional officers have concerns over aspects of the realignment and said he is to meet with their representatives to arrive at an agreement.



In the meantime, Dalley said there will be no significant job cuts in the public sector this year.



"There will, of course, be dislocation because there will be some mergers as part of the master rationalisation plan for the public sector. There will be some mergers ... from these exercise there is likely to be some dislocation," he said.



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