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  • The Government, through the Ministry of Finance and Planning, will commence a public sector pay policy review during the current fiscal year.
  • Minister with responsibility for the Public Service in the Ministry, Hon. Horace Dalley, made the disclosure during Thursday’s (October 22) signing of the 2015/17 Heads of Agreement for the Association of Librarians in the Jamaica Library Service (ALJLS), and the Academic Staff Association of the College of Agriculture, Science, and Education (ASACASE), at the Ministry offices, National Heroes Circle, Kingston.
  • He said the review is aimed at examining and guiding how civil servants can best be compensated for their work. It is expected to be completed by the end of the 2016/17 fiscal year.

The Government, through the Ministry of Finance and Planning, will commence a public sector pay policy review during the current fiscal year.

Minister with responsibility for the Public Service in the Ministry, Hon. Horace Dalley, made the disclosure during Thursday’s (October 22) signing of the 2015/17 Heads of Agreement for the Association of Librarians in the Jamaica Library Service (ALJLS), and the Academic Staff Association of the College of Agriculture, Science, and Education (ASACASE), at the Ministry offices, National Heroes Circle, Kingston.

He said the review is aimed at examining and guiding how civil servants can best be compensated for their work. It is expected to be completed by the end of the 2016/17 fiscal year.

In noting that the review will be “comprehensive”, Mr. Dalley said the findings will be shared with unions representing public sector workers and government stakeholders, as the administration moves to preserve the quality of the civil service establishment.

“We want to retain the best of our public sector workers who have contributed…and continue to work hard for the development of this country,” he stated.

Mr. Dalley said the review is also consistent with the administration’s undertaking to “do all we can to help and advance the welfare and economic well-being of the public sector workers.”

This commitment, he explained, is in response to the sacrifices, which civil servants have made to ensure that Jamaica was able to secure the current four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

“We will never, ever forget that when we needed the support of the public sector workers…led by their responsible unions, they came to the table and signed on to the wage restraint,” the Minister said.

Mr. Dalley pointed out that while the seven per cent increase for the 2015/17 period is “not what we would want to offer,” he pledged that “as the economy improves…so will the salaries of our workers improve; that is the commitment that we have given.”

“We are confident that Jamaica will see…growth in the economy…and that the economic recovery will bear fruit for every single Jamaican,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mr. Dalley said the administration remains committed to making full payment of the just over $10 billion budgeted for the 2015/16 public sector wage bill, by the end of the current fiscal year.

This, he advised, includes payments for salaries and allowances retroactive to April 1, when the 2015/17 salary agreement became effective.

“Even though it has been a very tight fiscal situation,…and all things cannot be done at the same time, …we are able to and will pay all that we have signed to in this financial  year,” the Minister assured.