‘Resist Public Sector Lay-Offs!’ – Crawford


The MP for East Rural St. Andrew, the PNP’s Damion Crawford is urging the Simpson Miller administration to resist calls to lay-off some public sector workers.

The Government is currently at loggerheads with unions representing public sector workers, over the wage package for the new contract period.

Finance Minister, Dr. Peter Phillips says the government cannot afford more than a 7-percent increase over two years, a position rejected by the workers.

Prominent members of the private sector are among those who say the government should reduce the size of the public sector workforce, in order to grant a reasonable wage increase.

But Mr. Crawford, says those calls must be resisted.

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Mr. Crawford was addressing a recent PNP meeting in Nannyville, St. Andrew.

He argued that any move to lay off public sector workers would be counter productive.

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Mr. Crawford says the government must move swiftly to repair an apparent break down in communication with the island’s public sector workers.

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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.

2 thoughts on “‘Resist Public Sector Lay-Offs!’ – Crawford

  1. dukeofearle

    I think Jamaica need more Damion Crawford in Politics, this young man make sense his vision is in the direction on the people and not party politics, I commend his assertiveness.

    1. chikV2Ebola

      Public Sector Reform is part of the IMF Agreement .The Government cannot ridicule the Opposition for not adhering to the terms of the previous IMF Agreement .then do the same thing when its politically convenient!

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