KIA, public sector union sign five-year initiative
BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment firstname.lastname@example.org
KIA Motors and the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding at the dealership's showroom on Chelsea Avenue in Kingston on Wednesday.
The MoU will see the union's public sector workers benefiting from discounted rates and a hassle-free process in acquiring units at the dealership.
O'Neil Grant, president of JCSA, said this very important initiative was in keeping with the association's mandate.
"Our motto speaks to looking after the legitimate concerns of its members and doing what we can to make those hopes and dreams a reality... All persons who are of working age aspire to own a motor vehicle, and it is our way of finding a way to actualise this dream," Grant told Auto.
The president said while public transportation is good, private transportation has its benefits.
"Private transportation takes you where you want to go, when you want to go," he said.
Grant said given the fact the public sector was currently expriencing a wage freeze, the JCSA had to find creative ways to assist its membership.
"If we can't get a salary increase, we must find ways for persons to get what they want, without spending more for it or costing them more," Grant said.
In March, the 94-year-old union agreed not to seek a wage increase until 2016 as part of a pre-condition for the Government's International Monetary Fund requirement.
Dwight Moore, CEO of KIA Motors, described the venture as a "project which seeks to reward some of the nation's pillars".
"This deal is a critical one for us and for the civil servants, who are faced with limited opportunities to use their disposable income," he told Auto.
"Now the KIA brand is poised for national impact, which is part of the critical objective of every brand," he continued.
The CEO said the benefits include KIA taking their vehicles in and guaranteeing professional after-care service.
"We truly believe that part of our role as a Jamaican business is to provide opportunities for our client base," he said.