JTA Accepts Govt’s Wage Offer

The Jamaica Teacher’s Association, JTA, has accepted the Government’s wage offer to public sector teachers.

That’s according to JTA President, Georgia Waugh Richards.

The JTA says it will reveal the details of the offer once the Heads of Agreement is signed next week.

The Teachers’ Union has joined the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions and the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association in agreeing terms with the government in this latest round of public sector wage negotiations.

The JTA has been one of a number of associations who’ve been at loggerheads with the government regarding the 2017 to 2019 contract period.

The standoff between the government and the teachers reached boiling point in March when scores of teachers across the island staged a sickout to protest what they viewed as the slow pace of the negotiations.

The government says because of constraints brought about by their current agreement with the International Monetary Fund it’s only able to offer a 16-percent wage increase over four years.

The Jamaica Nurses Association and the Police Federation are yet to agree to the wage offer.

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