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  • The Jamaica Medical Doctors Association (JMDA), the Health Education and Promotion Officers, and the Matrons and Assistant Matrons in Infirmaries are the latest public-sector groups to sign the Heads of Agreement for the 2015/17 contract period.
  • State Minister, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, expressed appreciation to the bargaining units for their continued patience and understanding, and the cordial manner in which the negotiations were conducted.
  • For the Matrons and Assistant Matrons in Infirmaries, he informed that the group was successful in securing increases for rental in lieu of quarters, and duty, standby and tailoring allowances.

The Jamaica Medical Doctors Association (JMDA), the Health Education and Promotion Officers, and the Matrons and Assistant Matrons in Infirmaries are the latest public-sector groups to sign the Heads of Agreement for the 2015/17 contract period.

The associations signed during a ceremony held at the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service on Thursday, November 24.

State Minister, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, expressed appreciation to the bargaining units for their continued patience and understanding, and the cordial manner in which the negotiations were conducted.

“The Ministry looks forward to receiving the claims for the 2017/19 period and the continuation of discussions,” Mr. Spencer said.

Regarding the JMDA, he noted that the Government has made improvements on monetary items such as emergency duty and meal allowances. He said discussions are to continue regarding the proposed introduction of a shift system.

“The JMDA in the best interest of its members, accepted the Government’s offers, and arrangements are to be put in place for the continuation of the discussions on this specific item,” Mr. Spencer said.

For the Matrons and Assistant Matrons in Infirmaries, he informed that the group was successful in securing increases for rental in lieu of quarters, and duty, standby and tailoring allowances.

The agreement also reflects improvements in existing salaries and the understanding that the tailoring and accessories allowances will be discussed further in the upcoming negotiation period, Mr. Spencer said.

Meanwhile, the Finance State Minister informed that the Health Education and Promotion Officers were categorised as health professionals during the recently completed health-sector reclassification.

He said that through collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Government was able to recognise and honour the requests of the group that were unique to them.

“While some of these allowances or items are not new to the public sector, they were new to the Health Education and Promotion Officers – such as uniform material, tailoring, and professional accessories and porterage allowances. Our discussions and agreements will also now ensure that all officers are paid for assigned work done outside of normal hours,” he said.

The State Minister applauded the groups for their invaluable contribution to health, education, and social development.