Helene Davis Whyte
A trade unionist has said if job descriptions had been implemented for Members of Parliament, there would be no need for them to be lobbying for a salary increase.
Helene Davis Whyte, President of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU), said this is because MP's could have been benefiting from performance based pay.
"The current Prime Minister had promised that he would have developed job descriptions for parliamentarians, and if those job descriptions were developed and agreed then the question of performance based pay for parliamentarians would be something that we could be looking towards now. So we could not expect our parliamentarians to receive an increase that is not in keeping with how the rest of the public sector is paid," she asserted.
Mrs Davis Whyte pointed out that other professionals in the public sector also deserve a pay increase as they have complained they could be earning up to six times more had they been employed in a similar job in the private sector.
On Tuesday, Finance Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke, told members of parliament pushing for a salary increase they cannot put themselves ahead of other public sector workers.
He told the House of Representatives that a review of compensation for all persons paid by the state is currently being done and a proposal should be ready by December.