JCTU facing internal rift following its signing of new wage deal

All is not well within the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) following its decision last week to sign a four year wage deal with the Government.
RJR News has been informed that during a meeting Monday afternoon with members of the Confederation, there was a walk out by representatives of the University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU).
The meeting was called to, among other things, discuss the UAWU's concern that the signing of the agreement by the JCTU, of which it is a member, was premature.
The union, which has concerns about the agreement, has reportedly indicated that it will temporarily withdraw from the Confederation.
Under the agreement, public sector workers will receive a five per cent increase in the first year, two per cent in year two, four per cent in year three, and a five per cent increase in the fourth year of the contract.
Other members of the JCTU have complained that the wage offer is not adequate to cushion against inflation.

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