Without taking sides in the public sector wage debate occurring in Jamaica, and understanding full well how any increase given to workers is gobbled up by inflation, I would like to ask this question.
Given the same IMF loan stipulations to Jamaica as years ago when the previous Government issued an across the board public sector wage freeze, why is it that 6% is so insulting?
Look, the wage demands of public sector workers are just and fair nevertheless present demands must be balanced against the constraints of the Government’s ability to pay.
They should also be approached with the same degree of deference given to the previous Government, considering that it unilaterally imposed an across the board wage freeze.
Public sector workers should approach their wage negotiations with the very same degree of professionalism and realism regardless of who occupies Jamaica House.
The cause is just the fight is long but there comes a time when reality must guide our decisions.