Wage Increases for NSWMA Truck Drivers

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and the University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU) have signed a Heads of Agreement giving truck drivers wage increases over a four-year period. He was speaking at the signing ceremony, held on August 28 at The Knutsford Court Hotel in St. Andrew. “I believe that this is a good way forward. Let this signing be a signal, not to the end of anything but to the continuing of a fight to get better living conditions, better working conditions and establishment of benefits for the people who carry the frontline of our operations,” said NSWMA Executive Director, Audley Gordon. Story Highlights The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and the University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU) have signed a Heads of Agreement giving truck drivers wage increases over a four-year period.“I believe that this is a good way forward. Let this signing be a signal, not to the end of anything but to the continuing of a fight to get better living conditions, better working conditions and establishment of benefits for the people who carry the frontline of our operations,” said NSWMA Executive Director, Audley Gordon.He was speaking at the signing ceremony, held on August 28 at The Knutsford Court Hotel in St. Andrew.The agreement covers the period April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2021 and deals with wages and allowances.There was also a commitment to work towards making the drivers, sanitation workers and Enforcement Officers a part of the Public Sector Establishment.For his part, President of the UAWU, Senator Lambert Brown, said the union is “appreciative of the fact that we could find common ground”.Senator Brown also gave his commitment to work with the NSWMA to make the drivers and the others a part of the Public Sector Establishment.Meanwhile, NSWMA Board Chairman, Dennis Chung, who was also a signatory to the agreement, said the Board fully supports the workers, and they should get the best tools and the best compensation.The agreement was also signed by union delegates from the NSWMA’s regional offices. read more

Govt Proposing To Spend An Additional 5015 Billion

This will increase the $803.24-billion Budget approved in March this year to $853.39 billion. Story Highlights The First Supplementary Estimates for the 2019/2020 financial year were tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (September 24), with the Administration proposing to spend an additional $50.15 billion for the current fiscal year. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, tabled the document along with the Interim Report to the Government’s Fiscal Policy Paper for 2019/2020. The First Supplementary Estimates for the 2019/2020 financial year were tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (September 24), with the Administration proposing to spend an additional $50.15 billion for the current fiscal year.This will increase the $803.24-billion Budget approved in March this year to $853.39 billion.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, tabled the document along with the Interim Report to the Government’s Fiscal Policy Paper for 2019/2020.The Fiscal Policy Paper outlines the Fiscal Responsibility Statement, the Macroeconomic Framework and the Fiscal Management Strategy.The total increase in the overall Budget is in recurrent or housekeeping spending, which is proposed to move from $731.12 billion to $781.28 billion. The capital budget remains the same at $72.1 billion, with some reallocation of funds within Ministries.Public debt servicing gets the largest increase in recurrent allocation of $45.49 billion, with $40.2 billion dedicated to amortisation or principal payment and $5.29 billion for interest charges.Among the portfolio areas, a total of $1.58 billion is being proposed to be added to the Ministry of National Security’s housekeeping budget of $24.6 billion for a new total of $26.19 billion.The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will receive an increase of approximately $1 billion, moving its total to $107.5 billion; $1 billion has been added to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation’s $7.26-billion recurrent budget; and the Local Government and Community Development Ministry is receiving $448.8 million more, bringing its total to $12.1 billion.On the capital side, $5 billion in additional allocation has been made under the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation for spending on construction and improvement to arterial roads under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).The Ministry also received $655 million for the Jamaica Water Resources Development Master Plan; $164 million was added to the $550-million funding for the Montego Bay Closed Harbour Beach Park; and $60 million more for the Great Climate Readiness Programme.Meanwhile, some Ministries are reporting savings in their recurrent budget. These include the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, which has seen a reduction from $62.26 billion to $60.42 billion; and the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, which reports a reduction in spending from $5.18 billion to $4.56 billion.Members of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) are to deliberate on the First Supplementary Estimates, following which it will be debated in the House for approval. read more