JCSA Threatens Industrial Action over Fringe Benefits & Allowances

The government has until the end of business on Monday to make an offer in writing for fringe benefits and allowances, to the Jamaica Civil Service Association, JCSA.

The JCSA, which represents some 26,000 workers in the public sector, says it cannot guarantee normality if the deadline isn’t met.

On Wednesday, government negotiators cancelled a meeting with the union at the last minute.

JCSA President O’Neil Grant says the Ministry of Finance has since apologized, but union members are still restive.

Grant says his union members feel they aren’t being taken seriously.

The negotiations underway are for the 2017 to 2019 contract period.

Grant says his union is open to discussing future claims as well, since negotiations for the 2019 to 2021 period are also to begin soon.

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