Teachers Accept Gov’t 7% Wage Offer

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Delegates of the Jamaica Teachers Association, JTA, have voted to accept the government’s latest wage offer for the 2015-2017 contract period.

The vote was taken this afternoon at the JTA’s Annual Conference taking place at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James.

Of the 1-hundred-and-51 ballots cast, 93 voted to accept, 55 rejected it.

There were two spoilt ballots while one was unmarked.

Newly-installed President of the JTA, Norman Allen, says the JTA will now put its position in writing to the Ministry of Finance.

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The decision of the teachers to accept the government’s 7-percent increase wage offer follows last week’s move by nine trade unions under the umbrella of the Joint Confederation of Trade Unions, who also accepted the offer.

Meanwhile, it was disclosed at the Conference today that the government has slightly improved the book and software allowance, as part of the fringe benefits to teachers.