President of the JTA, Georgia Waugh Richards, says teachers are restive after rejecting the government’s opening offer of a 6-percent salary increase over two years.
The proposal was presented to the JTA membership at their annual general conference in St. James.
Mrs. Waugh Richards says they submitted a 20-point wage claim, but would not say how much of an increase teachers are seeking.
However, she says the teachers have rejected the 6-percent offer.
The 6-percent offer is higher than the government’s opening offer during negotiations with teachers in the last contract period, 2015 to 2017.
At that time, the government had initially offered 5-percent over two years.
The JTA eventually settled for 7-percent over the period.
Mrs. Waugh Richards says the teachers aren’t happy with the current offer.