The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, PSOJ, has appealed for calm to facilitate what it calls productive dialogue among members of the public sector.

It says this is to ensure the government continues to work through the reclassification exercise regarding public sector wages. 

It notes that public sector employees have sacrificed through wage freezes and marginal adjustments in salaries.

The PSOJ says the government is in a strong enough fiscal position to budget for significant increases in compensation for the next three years and says while it fully appreciates that public servants would be anxious about this exercise as it affects their bread and butter, they should not derail this process.

The private sector group says it is asking all stakeholders, workers, government, opposition and unions to exercise calm, patience and restraint.

This industrial action, it says, has and can continue to be very disruptive to the economy by reducing economic activity, reducing the country’s tax revenue intake and the ability of the government to make good on its budgeted expenditures, inclusive of public sector wages and salaries.

The PSOJ says it is encouraging the parties to be reasonable and stay resolute on the bigger mission of rebuilding and recovering after having to deal with the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and the implications of the external shocks and geopolitical tensions.