The Jamaica Civil Service Association, JCSA, says the government is showing a willingness to agree to some of the benefits it’s requesting on behalf of its members.

President of the JCSA, O’Neil Grant, says he met with the representatives from the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service this morning to discuss the requested benefits.

The JCSA has submitted a 55-point fringe benefits claim for the 2017-2019 contract period.

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Among several issues, the JCSA wants the government to review how workers who are indicted but not yet charged are treated.

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Mr. Grant says the request relating to salary is not yet on the table. However, he says it’s being negotiated by the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions — which is to make a claim in a few weeks.

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O’Neil Grant says he’s hoping the government will maintain a positive attitude throughout the negotiations.