The Jamaica Civil Service Association, JCSA, has withdrawn its notice to strike following a meeting yesterday with Finance and Public Service Minister, Dr. Nigel Clarke.

The JCSA says its concerns and demands which led to the issuing of a 72-hour strike notice were discussed in the meeting.

The association says central issues discussed include the JCSA’s position that its 2021/22 claim be settled in advance of the implementation of the Compensation Review.

It also included the JCSA’s concerns on the proposed discontinuation of negotiated benefits as part of the compensation review.

The JCSA says it’s satisfied that the concerns expressed have been addressed and looks forward to the settlement of its claim ahead of the implementation of the compensation review. 

It says the ministry has also committed to re-examining their 2021-2022 claim to transport allowances by setting up a technical review team.

The JCSA says a series of meetings will be held with the ministry over the next few weeks, starting on Wednesday, May 18.

Meanwhile, finance minister, Dr. Nigel Clarke, says the proposed discontinuation of negotiated benefits as part of the compensation review is neither final nor non-negotiable.

He says the JCSA explained that their perception of information received was that the proposed discontinuation of benefits was a final non-negotiable position.

However, Dr Clarke says the ministry is grappling with the fact that the cost of delivering some of these benefits, on a per capita basis, is disproportional to what would be considered reasonable. 

He says the ministry is also committed to speedily resolving the JCSA’s 2021/22 claim.

Dr Clarke says he also supports the JCSA’s position of settling their claim before the implementation of the compensation review.