St. Patrice Ennis
By Kimone Witter
The Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) has welcomed the government's commitment to raise the income tax threshold for Pay As You Earn workers from the existing $1.5 million.
JCTU President St. Patrice Ennis wants the proposal to be implemented as soon as possible.
He said the JCTU and individual unions had lobbied the Ministry of Finance for an increase in the income tax threshold during discussions on the new public sector compensation scheme which saw the salaries of government workers increase.
"At the time, the government wasn't giving consideration to such an issue. Over time, the position has softened, and I'm glad to now hear that the Prime Minister has indicated that he is of the view that this should be considered favourably," said Mr. Ennis.
He declined to give a proposed amount for the movement in the income tax threshold, but said it should be in line with inflation so that "there would be no loss advantage" to workers who were previously beneficiaries.
Speaking in Trelawny on the weekend, Jamaica Labour Party leader, Prime Minister Andrew Holness told supporters his administration would deliver the threshold increase.