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Trade unions in Jamaica reject Govt’s wage offer

Jamaica Observer

Trade unions in Jamaica reject Govt’s wage offer

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KINGSTON – Eleven trade unions representing the majority group of public sector workers this morning rejected a wage offer from the Government.

Trade union sources would not confirm the official offer, but OBSERVER ONLINE has been reliably informed that it was about five per cent over two years.

The unions want a 30 per cent increase over the two years – 15 per cent in 2015/16 and 15 per cent in 2016/17- plus a JA$50 000 one-off cash payment in each year of the agreement.

The 11 unions are members of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU), and are jointly bargaining on behalf of several thousand Government employees. 

The talks will resume next Thursday morning at the Ministry of Finance and Planning, National Heroes Circle, in downtown Kingston. (Jamaica Observer)