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Teachers threaten to intensify action over wage demands

Published:Friday | May 22, 2015 | 5:44 PM
In this May file photo teachers at the Buff Bay Primary in Portland protest.

The Central Executive of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) at its regularly scheduled meeting today in Kingston passed a resolution for the taking of all actions deemed necessary to ensure that the demands of the teachers regarding an improved salary offer are met.

The resolution comes two weeks after a JTA team met with the minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Finance, Horace Dalley.

At that meeting held on May 8, the Minister promised that by today the government’s response would have been made known.

However, up to 3 p.m. today, the response was not received, leading to the action by the teachers.

The government has so far offered the teachers a 5 per cent increase on basic salary over two years; three per cent in year one and two in year two.

This was rejected today by the Central Executive.