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JTA heads back to Finance Ministry tomorrow

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Government has invited the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) to continue negotiations for improved salary and conditions of service for the island's teachers.

The meeting will take place tomorrow and will be held in the Executive Conference Room on the 6th Floor of the Ministry of Finance's Heroes Circle office in Kingston at 11:00am.

Following the postponement of their last scheduled meeting with the Government in December, the teachers said that they felt “disrespected” as they were "unofficially informed" that the meeting was off.

JTA President, Georgia Waugh Richards said the “unofficial communication has caused us to feel disrespected, to say the least, and therefore, come January morning the story has got to change”.

She added that to say the teachers are livid would be an underestimation.

“We are not at all pleased with the process or even with how the negations are being handled. It is therefore important that at this time the Government recognises that things cannot remain the same,” said Waugh Richards.

The president said the teachers are expecting that the business of their wage negotiations will be handled with much more respect and much more seriousness.

In November the JTA voted unanimously to reject the Government's current six per cent wage offer over two years.

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