Teachers Get 7% Wage Offer

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Nationwide News understands that the Portia Simpson Miller-administration is now offering the island’s teachers a 7-percent wage increase for the new contract period.

That’s a 2-percentage point improvement over the original 5-percent offer rejected by the Jamaica Teachers Association in April this year.

But our sources say the government is now offering to increase teachers’ wages by 4-percent in year one and 3-percent in year two.

The JTA met with the government last night for another round of wage talks.

The JTA President Doran Dixon says the negotiations appear to be heading to a conclusion.

He refused to say whether the government had tabled an improved wage offer.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.