Trade Union Leaders Fire Back At Lee-Chin Over Political Sabotage Comments


A number of trade unions that represent public sector workers are rejecting a claim by the Economic Growth Council Chairman that politically-motivated sabotage is stifling the country’s growth agenda.

Speaking at the EGC’s 9th quarterly report media briefing at Jamaica House, on Wednesday, Mr. Lee-Chin said it’s his information that some civil servants are putting political allegiance above patriotism.

President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, JCSA, O’Neil Grant, says Mr. Lee-Chin’s comments are nonsensical and insulting.

He says even though there’s renewed focus on the public sector, it’s still suffering from decades of under-investment.

According to Mr. Grant, calls by Mr. Lee-Chin for Permanent Secretaries to be sacked, demonstrates his ignorance.

Meanwhile, General Secretary of the Jamaica Association of Local Government Officers, JALGO, Helene Davis Whyte, is describing Mr. Lee-Chin’s comments as a wild claim.

She says the EGC has failed to deliver on it’s five percent economic growth in four years, which prompts questions over his performance as chairman of the council.

Helene Davis White, General Secretary of the JALGO.

Both were speaking during yesterday’s edition of Nationwide @ 5 with Cliff Hughes and Tyrone Reid.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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