The Economic Programme Oversight Committee, EPOC, is calling on the government and unions to complete the public sector compensation review exercise.

EPOC says the protracted exercise could derail the macro-fiscal gains made by the country over the recent years and cause further breakdown in industrial relationships between the government and its employees.

EPOC Chairman, Keith Duncan, is appealing to both parties to allow good sense to prevail.

The government has concluded negotiations under the new compensation review exercise with over sixty percent of the public bodies.

But outstanding groups, including the police and teachers, have yet to reach an agreement.

Mr. Duncan says its important for these groups to note that the monies allotted in the budget for new wages and salaries cannot be carried forward into the new financial year.

According to EPOC, Jamaica cannot afford to reverse the tremendous gains that all Jamaicans, inclusive of the public service, have achieved.