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Jamaican public sector teachers are reportedly considering an island-wide strike amid what they deem a "disrespectful" wage increase offer made by Government.
Loop News understands that some schools have already started sending students home on Monday morning
The proposed industrial action by teachers is in the form of a sickout, which internal correspondence perused, confirmed to have been sanctioned by the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), which represents the teachers.
In a letter circulated among the 23,000-strong body, a copy of which was obtained by Loop News, the teachers all but scoffed at the 16 per cent increase they are being offered over four years. This they said works out at $15,000 to $20,000 per month collectively for the four-year period.
“This is blatantly disrespectful,” it is said in the letter.