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We have nothing more to give, Spencer tells teachers ahead wage meeting

Published:Monday | March 19, 2018 | 11:25 AM
Spencer ... What is on the table is what is on the table.

Tamara Bailey, Gleaner Writer  

Fewer than 24 hours before public school teachers huddled in a special general council meeting to consider the government's latest wage offer, State Minister for Finance Ruddy Spencer made it clear, there was nothing further the Administration could do.

"What is on the table is what is on the table, we don't have anything more to give,"  Spencer said at a Jamaica Labour Party meeting in Bellefield, Manchester yesterday.

Teachers are at this hour meeting at a special general council of the Jamaica Teachers' Association to review the latest offer presented to them on Friday.

That's the same day they resumed negotiations with Finance Ministry officials after they were called to conciliatory talks with the Labour Ministry.

"They came there on Friday and the left, having an understanding, that they are going to speak with their members and they will call us back on Monday to tell us what the situation is. In my opinion they have left with something worthwhile... So we really don't have a problem now with our teachers," he said.

Spencer said the teachers have a clear understanding that payment increases refused now will not be considered until 2020.

"We respect our teachers, we respect government workers, but we can't do more than what we can do but at the same time much respect is due and we are giving them that," he said. 

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