The Jamaica Medical Doctors Association, JMDA, says it will have to accept the government’s offer of a 7% wage increase for the 2015-2017 contract period.

President of the JMDA, Dr. Alfred Dawes, says it’s unlikely that the government will offer his members a higher wage increase than that already agreed to by several bargaining units.

Dr. Dawes says he’ll be focussing on getting the government to offer improved rates for certain allowances.

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Dr. Dawes says it would be foolhardy for the JMDA to hold out for a better wage offer, than the one already accepted by the majority of the membership of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions, JCTU along with the Jamaica Teachers Association.

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