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Dixon: Teachers will not tolerate wage freeze extension

Published:Saturday | January 24, 2015 | 1:59 AM
Dixon

Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) president Doran Dixon, says members of the teachers union are concerned about the delay by the Ministry of Finance to begin new salary negotiations.



Dixon warns that teachers will not tolerate any extension of the wage freeze in any form.



He argues that if negotiations are not settled by April 1 it would mean that teachers would in effect continue to be paid salaries based on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) stipulated wage constraints.



And Dixon says he does not want the wage freeze to be extended under any guise.



He notes that the Government had requested that the claims be submitted early and unions sent in their claims in December and now want to see the negotiations started.



Public-sector workers have been forced to endure years of wage restraint under terms dictated by the government’s agreement with the IMF.



During the last round of salary negotiations, the JTA was the last union to sign onto the government’s wage restraint proposal after previously saying it was not in support of a wage freeze.



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