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JTA holding government to billion-dollar retro pay August deadline

Published:Tuesday | August 12, 2014 | 10:43 AM

The union representing the island’s teachers says it is holding the Government to the August deadline for the payment of outstanding retroactive amounts to its members.

The teachers are owed $1 billion by the government following a reclassification exercise in 2007.

The JTA and teachers are upset as there are indications the promised deadline will be missed because of an audit being carried out by the Ministry of Finance to verify the amounts which are to be paid.

However, JTA President Nicely says this is an unnecessary delay as the $1 billion figure was agreed by the Ministries of Education and Finance long ago.

He says teachers have not ruled out taking action to register their objection to the delay.

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