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  • By year-end, an initial batch of 120,000 public sector workers will benefit from a discount and rewards programme being offered by several local companies.
  • The programme is dubbed the ‘Team Jamaica Valucard’.
  • The initiative is another show of appreciation to civil servants, who agreed to a three-year wage freeze, as part of Jamaica’s economic recovery programme.

By year-end, an initial batch of 120,000 public sector workers will benefit from a discount and rewards programme being offered by several local companies.

Dubbed: ‘Team Jamaica Valucard’, the programme, which was conceptualised by the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ), was officially launched on Tuesday, March 25, at the organisation’s offices in St. Andrew.

The initiative is another show of appreciation to civil servants, who agreed to a three-year wage freeze, as part of Jamaica’s economic recovery programme.

Distribution of the cards will begin on Wednesday, March 26, through various ministries, departments and agencies.

Since last year, the PSOJ has been working with representatives from various sectors, including utilities, retail, and education, to put together the rewards programme, designed specifically for public servants.

Participating companies include: the University College of the Caribbean (UCC), Appliance Traders Limited (ATL), ATL Automotive, Gas Pro, Alternative Power Sources, Mona Geoinfomatics, IGL, Altamont Court Hotel, Singer, and Michi Supermarket, among others.

Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley in endorsing the initiative, says he recognises the sacrifices made by public servants over the years towards the development of the country.

“I want to once again thank you for the effort and commitment to Jamaica and our workers and the recognition of the sacrifice that they have made for us to be at this stage today,” he said.

In the meantime, he noted that the Government is resolute in regaining economic growth, adding that the signs are encouraging.

In his remarks, President, PSOJ, Christopher Zacca said the initiative is a show of support to civil servants in a bid to ease some of the burdens being faced.

“This groundbreaking team Jamaica public sector programme represents to us a solid example of the concept of team Jamaica which is simply every sector of society including government, opposition, public sector, private sector, unions and civil society, working together to provide effective solutions to the nation’s problems,” he said.

He informed that the programme is expected to incorporate government pensioners’ during its next phase.

Vice-President, Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions, Helene Davis-Whyte encouraged more entities to come on board, to widen the pool of participating companies.

President, Jamaica Civil Service Association, Oneil Grant said the partnership is crucial as public servants make up a significant percentage of the working population, and represent the most stable workforce in the economy.

“We are talking about a potential spend of $120 billion and that’s a significant chunk of change for any grouping within the economy and so it is indeed a mutually beneficial arrangement that has been set up,” he said.

Director, Epayment Group Limited, Khary Robinson informed that the basic data for acquisition of the card is provided by the Government, thereby eliminating the need for persons to manually sign up.

“This enables remote registration as each participant that receives a card can just register themselves by sending a simple text message,” he said, adding that a website providing more information, will soon be launched.

Under the programme the participating merchants are asked to provide a reward discount to team Jamaica cardholders who spend at their businesses.

The reward earned will go directly on the card and can be used at any participating merchant. The programme is being administered by Epayment Group, which will hold fiduciary and technical responsibility for the programme.