Salary increase coming for teachers - education minister
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
Education minister Ronald Thwaites says the finance ministry has given indications that salaries for teachers will be increased when the next Budget is read in April.
He made the disclosure on Independent Talk on Power 106FM this morning as he urged the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) to allow the wage negotiation process to run its course.
On Sunday, the JTA warned that it will not succumb to any pressure for further wage restraint.
The association is insisting that teachers must receive all the benefits and rights agreed on in negotiations with the Government.
Thwaites says he agrees that there is a need for better salaries and benefits for teachers.
However, he says there are obvious constraints given Jamaica's economic situation.
Wage negotiations with public sector unions are underway and are expected to be completed in March.
A public sector wage freeze has been in place since 2012 as part of Jamaica’s attempts to meet conditions under the deal with the International Monetary Fund.
Jamaica's economic reform programme includes modernising the public sector to help reduce the wage bill from ten 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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