Leader of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP), Mark Golding says he has donated 80 per cent of his salary increase (around $5,417,000) towards charity.
Golding made this announcement on Tuesday (June 13) in a social media post.
“In keeping with my promise to the public, I have donated 80 per cent of my retroactive pay totalling $5,417,000 to worthy causes including Missionaries of the Poor, Mustard Seed Communities, Food for the Poor, Joy Town Community Development Foundation, OT Fairclough Trust Fund and Jamaica Paralympic Association. I continue to call for salary rollback and independent review and reset of the uncontionable new salaries awarded to ministers and other elect officials by the Andrew Holness Government,” the Opposition Leader said.
Golding made the commitment in recent weeks to donate 80 per cent of his salary increase in recent at a press conference at PNP Headquarters.
“As President of the People’s National Party and Leader of the Opposition, I have called for the roll-back of the massive, unconscionable salary increases that were awarded by the Andrew Holness Government to his Ministers and other elected officials. Many Jamaicans across our society have also called for a rollback. This matter must be considered afresh by an independent panel of reputable persons based on the principles of equity in the pay for all public servants taking into account how similar office officials are paid in comparable countries,”Mark Golding
Golding noted that he has reclaimed 20 per cent of the salary increase for government officials which is the minimum increase awarded to public sector workers under the Government’s compensation review for the public sector.