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JAMAICA | Renegotiate Public Sector Pay with IMF says Union Leader

Featured President, University & Allied Workers Union, Lambert Brown, President, University & Allied Workers Union, Lambert Brown,
President of the University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU) and Opposition PNP spokesman on the Public Service Senator Lambert Brown, wants the Holness administration to re-negotiate its agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in order to have the freedom to submit a better wage offer to public sector workers.

Speaking  in his capacity as a trade unionist, Mr. Brown told Radio Jamaica news that the current offer from the government to public sector workers was inadequate, given the rising cost of living: "It's about compassion; it's about going to the IMF and saying to them that we cannot continue to starve our people with wage freeze and wage restraints, and that the workers have suffered, they've sacrificed for so long, and that they need an increase now," Brown declared.

Public Sector workers including teachers, police and nurses, have rejected the government's six per cent wage offer over two years.

He said the government needs to seriously engage trade unions to find creative solutions to the problems.

The Trade Union Leader also renewed the union’s call for the government to increase the National Minimum Wage, with no increse having been granted for all of 2017.

The last increase in the National Minimum Wage and the Minimum Wage for Industrial Security Guards took effect on March 1, 2016,

"We were told that the minimum wage would be doubled (but) unfortunately we have not see a signle cent put on since January 2016 (taking effect on March 1), "he noted.

Accordingly, he's urging the government to "move with speed and implement the increase as proposed by the (Minimum Wage) Commission."

Last modified onMonday, 01 January 2018 12:33
  • Countries: Jamaica