Teachers will not be paid wage increase this month - JTA
The government has reportedly agreed not to go ahead with payment of increased salary and retroactive amounts to teachers this month.
The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) had taken issue with the payment of the five per cent increase, which will cover the first year of the four-year deal.
It says the move is unprecedented in light of the fact that the current salary negotiation has not been concluded or a Heads of Agreement signed.
That issue as well as the government’s insistence it will not present teachers with a better wage offer led to the educators calling in sick since Monday.
The Labour Ministry held a conciliatory meeting with the JTA and representatives of the Finance and Public Service Ministry Wednesday in bid to end the impasse.
JTA president Georgia Waugh Richards, says progress was made at the meeting, which ended near 5 p.m.
She says it was agreed that negotiations will continue.