Jamaican public sector pharmacists sign gov’t wage deal

Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service Rudyard Spencer (right) presents the signed Heads of Agreement for the 2015/2017 contract period to negotiating officer of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union, which represents public sector pharmacists, Elvis Lennon. The signing ceremony took place Monday at the Ministry in Kingston. Others looking on (from left) are delegate pharmacist from the Western Regional Health Authority Sherna Williams Bell (partially hidden at second left) and senior director of human resource management administration in the Finance and Public Service Ministry, Gail Hudson. (Photo: Jamaica Observer)

Pharmacists to receive 4% salary increase in year 1, 3% increase in final year

Psblic 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, Ruddy 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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