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Teachers vote to reject government's seven per cent salary increase offer

Published:Saturday | June 20, 2015 | 6:33 PM
Some 243 teachers voted to reject the government's latest offer of a seven per cent salary increase over two years, 71 voted to accept it.

Public sector teachers have voted to reject the government's latest offer of a seven per cent salary increase over two years.

The vote came at a special conference of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) which took place at Jamaica College, in St Andrew today.

Some 243 teachers voted to reject the offer while 71 voted to accept it.

The seven per cent offer was the second from the government.

The previous offer was for a five per cent increase over two years.

The Portia Simpson Miller administration has already indicated that it cannot afford to improve the offer.

Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips used a national broadcast on Tuesday to try and convince public sector workers that the seven per cent offer was the best the government could do.