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Trade unionist wants Gov’t to present a credible growth plan

Published:Monday | April 14, 2014 | 11:46 AM

President General of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU), Kavan Gayle, says public-sector workers are still waiting for the Government to present a credible growth plan with timelines and specific objectives.

He maintains that the Government cannot ask public-sector workers to sacrifice and expect more taxes without doing the things that will generate growth.

Gayle was speaking at a recent Gleaner Editors’ Forum against the background of the government’s efforts to get approval for the proposed budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

He charges that the Government continues to retard elements of the social transformation process by discarding critical recommendations of the Social Transformation Committee, made during the life of the Jamaica Labour Party administration, to which the BITU is affiliated.

And he says this has wasted a lot of time.

But a representative of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee, Ralston Hyman, asserts that the response from trade unions and other partners to the Government’s programme must be constructive.

He discredits suggestions that the International Monetary Fund agreement is not part of the growth strategy.

Hyman explains that when the Government lives within its means and frees up money, it is essential to economic growth through fiscal sustainability.


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