The Ministry of Finance says it’s assessing its resources to see if it’s possible to pay civil servants’ retroactive traveling allowances earlier.

Members of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, JCSA, staged a protest over the late payments yesterday.

The Ministry had notified them last month that the traveling allowances would be paid in the first quarter of the next financial year, which begins in April.

Speaking on Nationwide This Morning, Acting President of the JCSA, Robert Chung, says the Ministry had since informed them that the payment of the allowances by December was not a part of the agreement.

Mr. Chung says that is not true.

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Mr. Chung says workers feel disrespected that the Ministry never consulted them before making the decision to delay the payments.

He says there’s now little room for compromise.

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Robert Chung, Acting President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association.