Accountability measures are coming for ministers and members of parliament (MPs), says Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.
“We have established, and I will announce shortly, a series of accountability measures and I have said to my MPs and the ministers that the cost of this policy is accountability. Every single MP, all ministers are now committed to ensuring that they earn the salary,” he said.
The Prime Minister said he was pleased with society’s call for accountability and performance standards given the recent salary adjustments under the compensation review.
He pointed out that the entire public service will have to adhere to a performance-based compensation system.
“We have focused on improving the compensation element; the second phase now is performance-based renumeration systems. This will be implemented both for the executive and the legislature, and it will also be the general trend for the public service. The idea is that we must now claim increased productivity, having addressed the longstanding issue of the wage levels in the public service,” he noted.
Mr. Holness said the MPs understand that having got this increase they must now prove to the Jamaican people “that the [salaries] are justified and they understand that; they understand that the accountability issues are foremost in the mind of the people and that we must do tangible things.”
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister noted that having served as an elected representative for more than 25 years, he has built a reputation of giving to worthy causes and “I will continue to give. I have been doing this for a long time.”
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