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JTA heads into another round of wage negotiations today

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2015 | 9:47 AM

Representatives of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) and the finance ministry are to meet today as teachers continue to press for higher wages having rejected the increase proposed by the Government.

On June 20, delegates of the JTA voted to reject the seven per cent increase in wages offered by the Government.

The seven per cent increase is the Government’s second offer to the union which rejected the previous five per cent proposal.

However, the Government has said it cannot afford to improve its offer.

Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips used a national broadcast this month to again attempt to convince public sector workers to accept that the Government’s latest wage proposal is the best it can offer.

However, JTA president Doran Dixon says such public statements have no bearing on how the union approaches the negotiations.


JTA president Doran Dixon

Pressed regarding whether the JTA would be seeking to put any new proposals on the table in relation to arriving at a compromise, Dixon would not go into specifics.


JTA president Doran Dixon

The Police Federation, Jamaica Teachers’ Association and the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions have also rejected the government’s wage offer.

Yesterday the Jamaica Civil Service Association warned of a looming industrial dispute with the government as it joined the other groups in voting against the proposed wage increase.