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JTA accusing gov't of delay tactics in wage negotiations

Published:Thursday | January 4, 2018 | 9:35 AM
President of the Association, Georgia Waugh-Richards.

The Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) is accusing the Government of employing delaying tactics in the wage negotiations following another meeting in which very little progress was made in the talks.

It’s now demanding a firm response from the government on its wage increase proposal by 5 o’clock Monday afternoon.

The JTA’s Negotiating Team met with the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service yesterday.

However, President of the Association, Georgia Waugh-Richards, says the wage increase was not discussed.


Waugh-Richards says the finance ministry informed that the Cabinet would be meeting on Monday to discuss some of the items submitted for consideration.

She says the JTA's Action Committee, which met yesterday, is demanding a response as soon as that meeting ends.


President of the Association, Georgia Waugh-Richards.

The Government and trade unions have been at loggerheads over the wage increase being offered by the Government.

The Government has insisted it cannot pay more than six per cent over two years, but the offer has been repeatedly rejected by unions, including the JTA.

The police, who had embarked on a sick-out to press their claim, are also awaiting word out of Monday’s meeting.