Trade unions reject Govt’s wage offer

KINGSTON, Jamaica – 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 it has been reliably indicated that it was about five percent over two years. The unions want a 30 percent increase over the two years – 15 percent in 2015/16 and 15 percent in 2016/17- plus a J$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).

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