Tuesday 14 July, 2020

'Back to the bargaining table': Teachers reject latest wage offer

JTA president, Georgia Waugh Richards

JTA president, Georgia Waugh Richards

Jamaican public school teachers on Monday rejected the latest wage offer from Government.

Members of the General Council of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) voted to reject the offer - made by Government on Friday - at a special general council meeting.

Details of the latest offer are still unclear, but the Georgia Waugh Richards-led JTA in a release said the teachers have mandated the leadership of the association to return to the bargaining table and seek a better offer from the Andrew Holness administration.

Last week, some 23,000 teachers, who are represented by the JTA, took industrial action after rejecting Government's offer of a 16 per cent increase over four years. 

The teachers are also seeking an increase of $60,000 in their book and software allowance, which the the Government has argued if met would add some $1.7 billion to the budget.

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