At least one public sector union is expressing disappointment at the government’s announcement that the long awaited compensation review for public workers will be delayed.

Finance Minister, Dr. Nigel Clarke, made the announcement yesterday after tabling the Estimates of Expenditure for the 2021/22 financial year.

The Jamaica Teacher’s Association, JTA, says it understands the government’s resource constraints resulting from the pandemic but noted the announcement still came as a disappointment.

Jasford Gabriel leads the Teachers’ Association.

The JTA boss says while teachers will continue to hold strain for the compensation review, his union intends to secure the best wage outcomes in the upcoming negotiations.

Mr. Gabriel says it is important that despite the economic constraints, the government makes an effort to retain the best teachers.

He says going forward, he intends to raise the matter of teacher welfare with the government.

Jasford Gabriel, President of the Jamaica Teacher’s Association.