wage freeze

Imbert: Wage restraint, not freeze; Duke: Imbert is Pharoah

Finance Minister Colm Imbert says the Government has taken no decision on a "wage freeze", but instead, a wage restraint.

The Minister says his comments this morning were taken out of context.

He had announced this morning that in upcoming negotiations for public servants, the Government would offer zero percent from 2017 to 2020.

His announcement drew the ire of the president of the Public Services Association (PSA) Watson Duke, who described the Minister as "Pharoah" at an earlier news conference.

Imbert announces zero percent wage offer for public servants

There will be no wage increases for public servants for the negotiation period 2017 to 2020.

Finance Minister Colm Imbert has today announced a zero-percent wage offer for the public sector.

The announcement was made at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forum at the Hyatt Regency this morning.

The minister was part of a panel of global and regional leaders discussing the economic challenges facing the region.

In the audience was Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Dr Warren Smith, President of the Caribbean Development Bank.

Fitun condemns economist's call for public sector wage freeze; demands apology

The Federation of Independent Trade Unions and Non-Governmental Organizations, FITUN is today condemning a call made by Economist, Dr Roger Hosein, for a wage freeze across the entire public sector, calling it an attack on the working class.

FITUN says Dr Hosein must apologise for his statement, saying the burden of the economic adjustments the country is making, should not be placed on the already burdened working class.

The following is FITUN's full statement.