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(Press Release, January28, 2010) - Prime Minister Bruce Golding has emphasized that the wage freeze for government workers will give the government some time to mend the economy. He was responding to a caller on his programme, Jamaica House Live last night (January 27). “When we speak about a wage freeze, we are talking about government workers, who we are responsible for. ….In the two and a half years that we have been in government, we have increased that wage bill by 50%....The country now cannot go forward with further increases until the economy gets a chance to recover…What we are saying is you can now look to get a break to get the economy back in line, start producing again and get out of this recession.” The wage will for the current fiscal year is $126 billion, an increase from $86 billion in 2007.