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Teachers to continue protest as gov't lingers on a wage deal

Published:Sunday | May 10, 2015 | 12:29 PM
Teachers in a classroom.

Teachers are expected to continue protest action tomorrow as they await a decision from the Government on a revised salary increase.

The Government had announced a five per cent increase for the country's 26,000 teachers, but that was rejected by the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) which encouraged its members to stage a one-day protest two weeks ago.

The Government last week, however, said it would return to the table with a new wage offer in two weeks.

But at yesterday's annual general meeting of the JTA Co-operative Credit Union, President of the JTA Doran Dixon, urged teachers to wear black over the course of the next two weeks until the Government presents a new offer.

He has encouraged teachers to also send a daily countdown to the minister with responsibility for the public sector in the Ministry of Finance, Horace Dalley, to highlight the seriousness of their claim.

Teachers and other public sector workers have been subjected a five-year wage freeze with the inking of a four-year economic support programme with the International Monetary Fund. The teachers are now demanding a 25 per cent increase over two years.