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JTA formally responds to government's wage offer

Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2015 | 4:45 PM
Doran Dixon

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) says it has formally responded to the government’s basic wage offer to the more than 30,000 teachers in the public education school system.

The JTA was among several unions which rejected the proposed five percent increase in basic wages at the first round of wage talks.

JTA president, Doran Dixon says the union responded formally to the written offer, outlining its position.

 

JTA president Doran Dixon

The JTA requested a 25 per cent increase over two years.

Dixon did not say whether the union’s response contained a new request.

The JTA and the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) say the offer from the government is too low given that public sector workers have just endured a five year wage freeze.

The JCTU, which represents more than 40,000 public sector workers, has requested a 30 per cent increase over two years.