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Teachers relent!

JTA accepts 5% retroactive payment

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) in a surprising about turn has decided to accept the five per cent retroactive payment offered some weeks ago by the Finance Ministry.

The proposal was initially rejected by the JTA with the union describing the move by government as an attempt at union busting and threatened to take the wage dispute overseas.

In response to that, teachers across the island staged a three-day sick out last week.

However, in a radio interview this morning, general secretary of the JTA Byron Farquharson explained that the union's decision came as a result of the Ministry of Finance officially writing to the JTA requesting that it be treated as an advance of payment after hearing of the rejection of the offer by teachers on Monday.

The teachers will be paid the retroactive amounts next week and it will cover the first year of the proposed four-year deal.

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