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Public bodies agree to accept new salaries

Government departments, agencies, and statutory bodies, including those still in consultation with the Ministry of Finance and the Transformation Implementation Unit over aspects of their alignment under the public sector compensation review, have agreed to accept their new salaries.

The Jamaica Civil Service Association says the decision was communicated to the Ministry of Finance, and payments have started.

President of the Association, O'neil Grant, says the agreement will ensure civil servants receive the new wages.

It's expected that the finalisation of all alignments will be completed by June 30.

In the meantime, JCSA has lodged a complaint with the Ministry of Labour over a breach of the Memorandum of Understanding regarding increments and duty allowances by the Ministry of Finance.

Mr Grant says the allowances were adjusted without agreement. The Finance Ministry has been given until tomorrow to amend the circular that facilitated the changes and take steps to have the monies paid by the April payday.

Meanwhile, Mr Grant says the treatment of some contract officers is another dispute the JCSA has with the Ministry of Finance. 

He says the union is prepared to take the matter to court.