Gov't to move with alacrity in resolving public sector wage talks — PM

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness is assuring public sector workers that the Finance Ministry's team will move with alacrity and have serious engagements toward an amicable resolution to the wage negotiations.

Holness said a special meeting held this morning with union representatives at Jamaica House, was in response to calls from the various bargaining units and to ensure that there is symmetry in the response while discussing the ongoing negotiations.

“This meeting is not meant to replace the formal process of negotiation but to reset them on a path where the foundation of respect is established; that the foundation of flexibility for negotiation is understood; but more importantly the atmosphere where creative solutions can be brought into the mix. Where there is the sweet spot where your economy and the national economy reaches equilibrium and co-exist together in a way that enhances each other," explained Holness.

He also expressed that the “purpose of government is not only to make the national economy grow but it is to make your personal economy grow”.

In the meantime, he declared supreme confidence in the social capital that exists in Jamaica and stated that the Government respects the role the unions play in the stability and growth of the country.

He added that the open discussion will ensure that “we don't get three or four different messages that complicate an already complex situation rather than bring us closer to a resolution”.

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