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Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, will be meeting with nurses at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow to discuss issues relating to their job reclassification exercise.
Addressing today’s (April 29) post-Cabinet press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister, Minister said that he, along with the Minister of Health and Environment, Rudyard Spencer; former Minister without Portfolio in Finance Ministry, now Minister of National Security, Dwight Nelson; and Labour Minister, Pearnel Charles, will meet with the nurses.
The nurses have been protesting the delay in starting the reclassification process.
Minister Shaw said he was of the view that the nurses “deserve much more than they are getting now,” but it is a question of what the Government can afford.
He urged that “cooler heads prevail,” noting that “we have to arrive at an agreement that is sustainable, that the Government can afford, and one that does not create unnecessary anomalies, either within the health sector or within the public sector as a whole.”
“We are anticipating and hoping that we can really make a fresh start tomorrow in terms of arriving at a basis for an amicable resolution over a relatively short period of time,” he added.
The Minister also announced that he will be meeting with the Book Industry Association of Jamaica tomorrow or Friday (April 30).
This comes against the background of the concerns that have been raised about the removal of printed material from the General Consumption Tax (GCT) exemption list. These items include newspapers, articles, and materials, which are not for religious and educational purposes.

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