Prime Minister Andrew Holness
Public sector workers are being told they will have to ensure private businesses are doing well if they want increased wages in the future.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the assertion Thursday as he addressed a meeting of the National Competitiveness Council.
Mr. Holness argued that it is the private sector which is the engine of growth.
He stressed that the government's ability to pay workers more hinges on earnings through taxes from these businesses.
"Ultimately, the public sector is going to come to the realisation that the improvements in your salaries and your conditions of work depend on how well the private sector performs and increase its tax payment and tax base," said Mr. Holness, who referred to the arrangement as an "uncomfortable truth".
Mr. Holness further noted that Jamaica does not have the fiscal room to give up revenue through subsidies and incentives to businesses.
He said the private sector will now have to maintain Jamaica's ease of doing business to ensure the country can attract businesses without offering these incentives.