Time is of the essence.
That is the warning this evening from Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler, who says job cuts in the public sector are both inevitable and inescapable at this time.
Sinckler, who is scheduled to meet with the representatives of the major trade unions here tomorrow, told a press conference that while the door remains open to negotiations with the trade unions, the long overdue process of reform must go on starting with in excess of 3,000 jobs already earmarked for layoffs.
He also reported that a final report is due to go before cabinet shortly on the future of 19 statutory entities.
Cautioning that it could not be business as usual, he said said some of these will go out of business, while others will be merged or privatised.
Meantime, the finance minister is warning that there is no possibility of Government going the route of a three per cent pay cut as this will have legal implications.
While conceding that the National Environment Enhancement Programme, which employed drainage workers has run its course, he said Government had no intention of reversing its policy on free bus fares for school children.