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Teachers put on caution as JTA pushes for removal of wage freeze

Published:Sunday | December 21, 2014 | 12:32 PM
JTA president Doran Dixon - File

President of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), Doran Dixon, has urged teachers to remain cautious even as they anticipate the lifting of a three-year wage freeze in March next year.

The JTA has been insistent that it will not accept another wage freeze and has prepared a new claim to replace the 2012 arrangement. Speaking last month, Dixon had said that the claim sets out reasonable demands and that the JTA expects the Government to respond similarly.

However, in a Christmas message to the country's 22,000 teachers this morning, delivered on Dixon's behalf by JTA President Elect Norman Allen, he urged teachers to be cautious.

The country'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 has said it is aiming to meet the wage bill target for 2015-16 through continued wage restraint.


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