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Pharmacists Sign Two-year Wage Agreement With Government

Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Rudyard Spencer (right); and Negotiating Officer at the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) representing Public Sector Pharmacists, Elvis Lennon (centre); sign the Heads of Agreement for the 2015/2017 contract period. The signing ceremony was held yesterday (April 18), at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle location in Kingston. Looking on at left is Chief Delegate representing Public Sector Pharmacists, Marjorie Robinson. Photo credit: Michael Sloley/JIS.

Pharmacists Sign Two-year Wage Agreement With Government

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr. 19, (CMC) – Public sector pharmacists have signed a two-year wage agreement with the Jamaica government, under which they will receive a four per cent salary increase in the first year and three per cent in the final year.

Minister of State with Responsibility for the Public Service, Rudyard Spencer, said most of the more than 20 items under the Heads of Agreement were agreed upon, including travelling.

“They use their own vehicles in dedication to the provision of care to the Jamaican populace. They also use their personal vehicles to transport supplies to provide the necessary service, so critical for patients,” he said.

He hailed the “yeoman service” of the pharmacists and pledged that the Andrew Holness government will continue to improve benefits for them and other workers in the public sector.

He also thanked the pharmacists for their patience and understanding, especially in light of the ongoing International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement.

In 2013, Jamaica entered into a four year US$948.1 million External Fund Facility (EFF) agreement with the IMF.

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