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Jamaican teachers turn up pressure on govt

Published:Friday | November 19, 2010 | 11:53 PM

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) could be turning up the pressure on the Government to honour a ruling by the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) to pay the first tranche of the $8 billion owed to public school teachers.

Under the IDT ruling, the teachers are to be paid $500 million by the end of this month.

On Monday the Cabinet approved the payout.

The remaining $7.5 billion is to be made over the next three years in equal installments.

But the teachers say it appears that the Government will not honour the IDT ruling to pay the $500 million this month and they are growing restive.

It’s why several JTA parish associations today passed resolutions to force the Government into action.

However JTA president Nadine Molloy will not say just when teachers may step up their protest.