Consideration of some fringe benefits eases tension between government and teachers
The tension between the Government and public school teachers has been eased for now after word came yesterday that favourable consideration is being given to an improvement in certain fringe benefits that have been proposed by the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA).
JTA President, Georgia Waugh-Richards, says Prime Minister Andrew Holness has informed her that Cabinet reacted favourably to proposed improvements to a number of fringe benefits to teachers during its weekly meeting yesterday.
However, she says the Prime Minister has asked that the JTA wait until Cabinet returns from a three-day retreat later this week for a response to the proposed increase in basic wages for teachers.
Public school teachers have been restive in recent weeks over the protracted delay with wage negotiations for the 2017-18 contract period.
The JTA last week accused the government of employing delaying tactics to stretch out the negotiations for better wages, after several meetings with representatives of the Ministry of Finance yielded no change to the offer from the government.
The teachers' union said it could not guarantee a smooth start to the new school term as teachers are out-of-patience.