Teachers anxious for wage talks to begin
The island’s teachers say they are anxious for the Government to begin wage negotiations for the upcoming contract period.
Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President Doran Dixon says members are concerned about the delay in the start of the discussions.
Dixon says the JTA submitted its wage claim last month and held initial talks with ministry of finance officials to clarify certain issues.
He says since then the union has not received any further information from the ministry.
Stressing that the current wage freeze comes to an end in less than a month, the JTA president says the government needs to ensure that a new wage deal is inked before the start of the next financial year on April 1.
Dixon emphasises that public sector teachers will only accept a reasonable offer from the government.
Finance Minister, Dr Peter Phillips, has previously indicated that the Government will not seek a new wage freeze.
However, he insisted that new agreements will not threaten commitments under the programme with the International Monetary Fund.