Sunday 9 August, 2020

JTA set to respond to Gov’t if no better salary offer comes by Friday

JTA President, Georgia Waugh-Richards

JTA President, Georgia Waugh-Richards

The Action Committee of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) is to decide on Friday, what action to take if the Government does not offer an improved wage package.

The JTA’s General Council, at a meeting last Saturday, voted to reject the six per cent salary increase being offered over two years.

The association, which represents more than 22,000 of the island’s public school teachers, warned that industrial action is likely if a better offer is not placed on the table.

In the absence of an improved offer on Friday, the Action Committee is expected to signal what measures will be employed by teachers to get the Andrew Holness Administration to budge from its position.

The teachers are the latest public sector group to reject the six per cent, two-year salary increase that has been offered by the Government. On Sunday, Georgia Waugh-Richards, JTA President, confirmed that the wage offer had been rejected.

The move by the teachers followed two days of industrial action by the island’s nurses last week. The sick-out by nurses had significant impact on the delivery of health services in health centres and public hospitals island-wide, with the majority of the nurses rostered for duty failing to report for work at some institutions.

The Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) has said its membership will not accept the six per cent being offered over two years, so too the police, whose union, the Police Federation, representing rank and file personnel, indicated the same position.


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