Immediate past President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association Owen Speid is reiterating that the powerful Educators’ group will be rejecting a 2.5 percent increase on salaries and salary-related allowances currently offered by the Government.

He said the amount being offered by the finance ministry is insulting and tantamount to a wage freeze.

Mr. Speid was addressing the JTA St James chapter annual general meeting on Friday.

The island’s public sector workers are currently in a new negotiation period after the previous public sector contract period ended on March 31.

In December, the JTA’s salary and conditions committee had submitted a 43 point claim to the Ministry of Finance.

Mr Speid said discussions will be held with its members on the matter following which a determination will be made on the way forward.

Mr Speid said the JTA will be standing firm as several promises have been made in the past.

Mr Speid is calling on the teachers to be united and put politics aside.

Owen Speid, Immediate Past President of the Jamaica Teacher’s Association.

Meanwhile, Mr. Speid is suggesting that COVID-19 saved the country from mass teacher migration.

He’s also calling on the Government to put more resources into the education system that will assist in addressing some of the ills within the country caused by the quality of education produced.

Speid was referring to an article he read in which Prime Minister Andrew Holness reportedly stated in parliament that a number of the ills in the society is caused by the quality of education.

Owen Speid, Immediate Past President of the Jamaica Teacher’s Association.