"We have indicated to them that we will continue our deliberations in our retreat starting tomorrow until Friday. It's a very complex matter. We have the issue of the wage to GDP ratio of nine per cent that has to be protected, but we respect and regard the work of our hardworking public sector workers and so, we are occupying our time to see how creatively we can find a way so we can provide an offer to the public sector workers who are well deserving that will be acceptable to them without jeopardising our fiscal position at this particular time," Reid said.
In the meantime, The Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA), says it has received a favourable response from the government to one aspect of its wage claim.
JTA President Georgia Waugh Richards said that Prime Minister Andrew Holness had contacted the executive before the deadline had expired, “and then we were called to a meeting with government officials last night, and close to midnight we were still in that meeting.”
It was during that meeting, she said, that the JTA was informed that Cabinet had given favourable consideration to fringe benefit proposals that had been submitted by the teachers.
She said the Prime Minister had asked the JTA to await the outcome of the Cabinet retreat on Wednesday, during which it will review the six per cent wage offer it had it had initially made to the teachers and all other public sector groups.
“We appreciate the fact that the Prime Minister recognized the importance of intervening at this time, when the teaching force was extremely restive; it says to us that he understands our importance to the whole business of nation building…” she said.
- Countries: Jamaica