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Four days left for government to respond to the JTA

Published:Monday | May 18, 2015 | 5:45 PM

The nation’s public sector teachers continue to wear black in protest of the government’s five per cent wage offer.

The teachers had asked the government for a 25 per cent wage increase over the next two years.

Following the offer, the teachers gave the government 14 days to reexamine the matter and return to the negotiating table.

The teachers have been wearing black since then.

Last week, Public Service Minister, Horace Dalley said he would not be frightened by the many teachers who have been texting and emailing him daily in relation to the matter.

When asked whether the educators were attempting to frustrate the minister, the Jamaica Teacher’s Association (JTA) President, Doran Dixon, said the correspondence served as a gentle reminder that the time to respond was running out.

With four days to go, the JTA president says he is hopeful the matter will be resolved amicably.

However, he says the association will be holding a Central Executive meeting on Friday, the deadline for a response from the government.

Dixon says if there is no word by then, the association will be able to swiftly determine its next course of action.