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JTA to submit new wage proposal to government

Published:Thursday | November 13, 2014 | 4:09 PM
Doran Dixon - File

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) says it will submit a new wage claim proposal to the Government next week.




A new agreement will replace the current wage deal which has frozen salaries since 2012.



That deal expires next March and unions representing public sector workers have indicated that they are not interested in another freeze.



JTA president Doran Dixon says the union has completed its internal consultations and steps are being taken to finalise the submission.



He says teachers will be reasonable in their demands and they expect the Government to be similarly reasonable in any proposed wages.



Unions and the government formally started discussions for a new wage agreement at the finance ministry in Kingston last week.



Jamaica's economic reform programme includes modernising the public sector to help reduce the wage bill from 10 per cent of GDP this fiscal year to nine per cent of GDP in the coming budget.



The Government says it aims to meet the wage bill target for 2015-16 through continued wage restraint.



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