30% Wage Increase for Public Sector Workers Requested

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The Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions, JCTU, has requested a 30-percent increase in wages for public sector workers over a 2-year period.

JCTU Vice President, Helene Davis Whyte, says the wage claim has come ahead of the formal commencement of negotiations with the Government tomorrow.

Mrs. Davis Whyte says the JCTU is mindful of commitments in Jamaica’s agreement with the International Monetary Fund, IMF.

Helene Davis Whyte, Vice President of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions, JCTU, speaking with Nationwide News.

Public sector workers have had wage freezes over the last six years.



Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.