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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is assuring that as the economy grows, civil servants will be duly compensated for their sacrifices towards achieving this.
  • “The guarantee that I give you… from the political directorate… is that as the economy improves and increases, you must get your fair share of that increase,” the Prime Minister said.
  • He was speaking at the opening of the 100th annual general meeting of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) at the JACISERA Park Sport Complex in Kingston, on Thursday (May 30).

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is assuring that as the economy grows, civil servants will be duly compensated for their sacrifices towards achieving this.

“The guarantee that I give you… from the political directorate… is that as the economy improves and increases, you must get your fair share of that increase,” the Prime Minister said.

He was speaking at the opening of the 100th annual general meeting of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) at the JACISERA Park Sport Complex in Kingston, on Thursday (May 30).

Mr. Holness noted that one of the public sector’s key sacrifices was the signing of the wage freeze agreement as part of “social consensus building around the economic reforms”, during the 2008/09 economic downturn.

He pointed out that the economic reform programme has required the Government to manage and contain the wage and pension bills, transform the public sector, reduce the debt, and undertake a series of tax reforms, adding that the sacrifice is now paying off.

Mr. Holness said that as the Government continues work to transform the public sector, an overall compensation review is being done “so that we can have a better understanding of how we use our budget to pay our (public sector) workers better”.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (right), presents First Vice-President, Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), Techa Clarke-Griffiths, with her award for 10 years of service, dedication and loyalty to the General Council of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA). The presentation was made at the 100th annual general meeting of the association at the JACISERA Park Sport Complex in Kingston on Thursday (May 30).

 

In the meantime, the Prime Minister said he is aware of the challenges and issues public-sector workers are facing, and praised them for continuing to serve, despite the temptation of more lucrative opportunities elsewhere.

“You have decided to stay, and we appreciate that. We respect that and we love you for that,” he said.

Mr. Holness noted the “great and distinct honour and privilege” he has had to work with some of the “best and brightest Jamaican minds, some of the best administrators, and some of the most committed people”, who work for “hours on end… giving yeoman service to this country”.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (left), is welcomed by President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), O’Neil Grant, at the 100th annual general meeting of the association, at the JACISERA Park Sport Complex in Kingston on Thursday (May 30). Mr. Holness was the guest speaker at the event.

 

“We must never forget that… within the 100,000 or more public-sector workers we have, [there are] great Jamaicans who continue to uphold the highest standards of public service,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister congratulated the JCSA on reaching the milestone of 100 years, “not just by existing but by thriving, (which) is worthy of commendation.”

“Your 100 years is a period of evolution… a period of transformation. The standards, the excellence, giving your best for a higher cause – those are core principles which I feel are still very much a part of the JCSA,” he said.

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams (left), presents Senior Engineering Editor at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Michael Kerr, with his award for five years of service to the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA). Occasion was the 100th annual general meeting of the association at the JACISERA Park Sport Complex in Kingston, on Thursday (May 30).

 

In his remarks, JCSA President, O’Neil Grant, said that members of the body, as civil servants, continue to support the Government’s programmes as a professional public service ought to do.

“We acknowledge the tax give-backs and the increase in social spending, as the country continues to gain international attention for the economic recovery that is under way. We would like to think that we, public officers, have played a significant part in this recovery and that we will accept any tangible evidence of the appreciation that we so justly deserve,” he said.