Move to end strike
Labour ministry calls emergency meeting
LaSonja Harrison, JTA President

The first day of a rolling strike by the nation's teachers, called by their union Wednesday night, triggered a mixture of resentment and support among parents and educators on Thursday.

While classes were not disrupted at some schools, operations at others were crippled and one principal in Manchester told the Jamaica Observer that he was bracing for "some academic loss" if the strike continues as planned.

Late Thursday, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security said it had arranged an emergency conciliation meeting for Friday, May 26 between the Ministry of Education and the Jamaica Teachers' Association, whose president, La Sonja Harrison, called the strike, giving a schedule of the days when industrial action is to be taken in protest against the Government's failure to address anomalies resulting from the public sector compensation review.

See related story: Principal: We are bracing for academic loss

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