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Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley, has dismissed speculation that the Government has plans to remove the 20 per cent duty concession on motor vehicles, from which public sector travelling officers now benefit.

Mr. Dalley, who has responsibility for the Public Service, said that fuelled by speculation surrounding commitments under the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the legislative changes to waivers and concessions, there had been some amount of anxiety about the future of this benefit.

“Let me state, clearly, that in keeping with this administration’s commitment to the collective bargaining process, there is no plan to change this facility which came about as a result of negotiations between the Government and its employees,” the Minister emphasized.

Mr. Dalley’s assurance came as he made his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 2.

Contact: Alphea Saunders