15 Jun PNP RENEWS CALL ON GOVERNMENT TO PAY JUDGES
Kingston, Jamaica, June 13, 2017: Opposition Spokesperson on the Public Service and Public Sector Modernization, Senator Lambert Brown, is adding his voice to the call for the Government to honour its obligation and immediately increase the compensation to members of the Judiciary, consistent with the recommendations in the December 2015 report of the Independent Commission.
The recommendations of the Commission have been in the Government’s hands for over 18 months and it shows utter contempt for the Judiciary that after two budget exercises, no provisions has made to adjust the salary and emoluments of the Judiciary.
“With the hike in the rate of income tax for some categories last year, members of the Judiciary are taking home less; so, it is grossly unfair and untenable for the Government to continue delaying the increases for the Judges,” Senator Brown noted.
According to the Opposition, the Government must:
1. Pay the recommended increase by the end of July; and,
2. Negotiate a timeline and method of paying the retroactive portion owed to the Judges.
Senator Brown, who is echoing the call by his colleague, Senator Mark Golding, says anything short of complying with the recommendations of the Commission would be tantamount to the government showing contempt of the Judiciary and its role in the governance of the country