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Bunting tells public sector workers not to be intimidated during compensation review process

 
Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Senator Peter Bunting, has told public sector workers not to allow the government to browbeat them during the compensation review process.
 
Mr. Bunting was speaking on Tuesday at the Jamaica Police Federation's 79th Annual Conference.
 
Senator Bunting said the Minister of Finance should urgently address the concerns being expressed by public sector workers. 
 
"So, I really say to the public sector workers and to the Federation in particular, don't just be steamrolled. You have legitimate concerns and you deserve the respect to have those addressed across the collective bargaining table," he urged. 
 
Mr. Bunting contended that the government cannot unilaterally remove benefits for public sector workers under the compensation review.
 
"That's not for somebody, some minister to unilaterally decide. That is through a process of negotiation, and no matter how you bright as one person, you will never be able to anticipate the impact that is going to have on the membership of all those groups," he suggested. 
 
Meeting on Wednesday 
 
Trade unions are to meet with Finance Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke on Wednesday in an attempt to soothe the anger which erupted in the public sector last week.
 
Oneil Grant, President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), has said this will be the first in a series of meetings to get details on the compensation review.
 
Mr. Grant said since the withdrawal of the strike notice on Friday, more information has been received and the stage has been set for meaningful discussions with Finance Ministry officials, so that the JCSA and workers do not feel they are "being taken for granted". 
 


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