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THOUSANDS of weekly paid government workers who should have received a one-off payment of $25,000 in August under the Heads of Agreement between Government and the unions representing public sector workers have still not been paid.
It's a situation that Keith Comrie, general secretary of the Union of Schools, Agriculture and Allied Workers (USAAW), which represents the majority of the weekly paid workers, said could result in industrial action if the Ministry of Education fails to meet today's deadline.
Most government workers received the first year's $25,000 (2012/2013) as agreed, but up to last Thursday, a large number, including weekly paid ancillary staff at over 200 government educational institutions, had not received a dime.
"The permanent secretary in the ministry has given us an assurance that the payment will be made by (today). If our members are not paid by (today), they will be taking immediate action," Comrie told the Jamaica Observer Thursday.
The failure of the inistry to make the payments in August has been attributed to the delay by the schools' administrations in providing the necessary information requested by the ministry.
It is understood that the ministry had sent circulars to the schools from as early as last year seeking the information.
On March 6 this year, Government signed an agreement with its employees as one of the final hurdles on the way to securing a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Heads of Agreement for the 2012-2015 contract periods included the one-off payment of $25,000 per annum, payable in August of each year of the contract to all employees in central and local government, as well as other public sector entities.
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