Public Sector Unions Upbeat about Cabinet Retreat Talks on Wages

Several trade unions are responding positively to Cabinet’s decision to discuss, in greater detail, public sector wage and fringe benefit increases, at its retreat starting tomorrow.

The Prime Minister spoke with the union leaders yesterday.

This after some union representatives gave the government an ultimatum to make a better wage offer or face industrial action.

President of the umbrella group of unions, the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions, JCTU, Helene Davis Whyte, says the government is already making what she calls ‘headway’.

She says workers remain restive, over the government’s previous posture of offering a six percent wage increase over the period 2017/2019.

Mrs. Davis Whyte says she’s hoping the government can come back to the table with a more positive offer.

In the meantime, President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, JTA, Georgia Waugh-Richards, says the government has discussed in a positive way, the fringe benefits offered to teachers.

The JTA had warned the government to respond to their demands for a better wage offer by yesterday.

She says she’s looking forward to more positive news from the government after the Cabinet retreat.