PHOTOS: Teachers cry 'May Day' ... stage islandwide wage protests
Jamaica’s teachers are using today to symbolically send out the international distress call ‘May Day’ as they wear black and stage sit-ins to get the Government to wrap up wage talks with them.
May 1 is typically called May Day and President of the Jamaica Teachers' Association, Doran Dixon, says teachers are in distress because they are nowhere close to reaching a settlement with the Government after five years of a wage freeze.
He has described the action taken by teachers as spontaneous.
Dixon says teachers islandwide are wearing black, some have decided to have sit-ins and others have had small lunchtime activities.
However, Dixon says classes have not been disrupted.
Dixon says, since responding to the Government’s wage proposal about a month ago, there has been no word from the Government and teachers are being forced to endure an extended wage freeze.
He is calling for the Government to apply more urgency to the situation.
Checks by The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre have revealed that teachers at Holy Childhood High and Excelsior Primary are wearing black, while a lunch-time protest is set for St Jago High.
Teachers at Red Hills Primary have staged a sit-in while those at Windward Road Primary have reportedly planned a march for this afternoon.