Teachers to Decide Whether to Accept New Wage Offer

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The island’s teachers will decide later this month, whether to accept the government’s improved offer of a 7-percent wage increase.

The government made the offer this week after Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said he was able to identify one-billion dollars within his ministry, with which to supplement the funds available to the government to pay teacher salaries.

President of the Jamaica Teachers Association, Doran Dixon, says his executive will leave it to the JTA members to decide.

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Mr. Dixon says in addition to the increase in basic pay, the improved offer tabled by the government also makes provision for several allowances to teachers.

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