SENIOR trade unionist Vincent Morrison is asserting that salary cuts, both in the private and public sector, is not the solution for economic recovery post-COVID-19.
The senior trade unionist added that a closer examination of salaries in Jamaica will indicate that wage cuts have a counter effect on economic growth.
I will again want to believe that the proper incentives put in place for these two sectors – manufacturing and agriculture at this time – if the incentives are right and they get the support from the Government, I believe in the short to medium term we could see a tremendous strengthening of the economy and the revival of high economic activities across the country.”
Like Morrison, Davis Whyte said the salaries of public sector workers are woefully low and subsequently, pay cuts would not be viable.
“In the midst of a pandemic, to cut their wages would certainly not be sending the right signal and would not be encouraging them to keep safe and minimise risk in order to be able to deliver particular services,” Davis Whyte said, noting that the bulk of the public sector workers are those who are needed and working in the pandemic.