Raise Wages in Jamaica Now!

There is a recent  Gleaner article which comes from the head of the IMF’s mission  to Jamaica, Mr. Martijn, which indicates that the IMF wants no wage increases in Jamaica at the current time;  as this would  upset the financial budget.

Irrespective, it has been 3 to 4 years government and civil service employees have had no increase in pay to deal with rising inflation; Minimum wages have been limited to 10%. The pressure to survive has become extreme, poverty is increasing, and the crows of heaven are hungrily looking at their prey.

On both sides of this equation everyone starves to death; unemployment is rising, adolescents leaving school have little future prospects in work and service,  better educated employees seek to migrate. Only certain political candidates seem to be gaining weight, and making fancy visits overseas and spending money on irrelevant causes, like climate change and climate monitoring (The Riverton City Dump; consider Min Housing, and Environment and Environmental disaster at  its Riverton Dump).

Image Source: jamaicaobserver.com
Image Source: jamaicaobserver.com

The City dump is currently on fire from neglect by the climate monitors and their administrators.


In an interesting article about wage freeze policy, Paul Krugman a senior economist at NY Times, pointing out that a wage freeze austerity measure may result in opposite effects: Productive slowdown,  in many  U.S. companies (after some experiences), are occurring with more regularity than expected.

Paying workers better will lead to better morale, higher productivity, and lesser turnover of employees.

Significant pay increases across the board for millions of American workers may be contrary to public thinking: So the answer is raise minimum above expectations; allow workers to organize, direct fiscal and monetary policy towards full employment. If this is done, major steps towards a society beneficial to stability and peace will take place.

The fact being that extreme inequality is a tool of the market, and change may now be invoked if and when ever management requires.

Conservatives in the past have always maintained that a wage increase is always a market driven product; the law of supply and demand determines the level of wages, and the market will punish those who betray its rules.

One of the strangest experiences belongs to one of the largest Companies in the World, which had been at the forefront of the world, the Walmart group. After many years of keeping the no wage increase policy, Walmart announced it will be raising pay for half a million workers just a few days ago:

Now this change will affect whole communities, simply because there will be a significant spill-over effect, and this may spread to many other Companies in the same region. Moreover the example set is the choice made, that Companies the size of Walmart can and will make the right decision; that allow a low-wage company to boost morale, with increased turnover.


This now shows that pay raises may be planned for millions more workers, than would have been thought. This enables better organization of labour, direct fiscal and money policies, tending to promote full employment.

Then the society will  make the point that extreme inequality are results of a choice made, not a driven option of the market.

Ramesh Sujanani

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