Opposition Spokesperson on Housing Mikael Phillips is describing a declaration from Prime Minister Andrew Holness that the National Housing Trust (NHT) is a financial institution and should not be seen as a charity by the working class as rude and insensitive.
Holness said although the NHT was born out of concerns emerging from the labour movement, and was initially capitalised by funds from the National Insurance Scheme, it is not for welfare.
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«The NHT is first and foremost a financial institution to support the development of housing in Jamaica. There is an illogical thinking amongst our people where it believed that if we run our business as a charitable organisation, almost, that we will have the resources to be charitable. I want that point to sink in,» he said while addressing the groundbreaking ceremony for the Union Acres Housing Development in Irwin, St James last Friday.
Reacting, Phillips says Holness’ comments were not only insulting to Jamaican workers and their trade unions but were unwarranted and unfortunate, especially during Workers’ Week.
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