HEART Trust/NTA teachers contemplate next move
Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
There could be a disruption in HEART Trust/NTA classes today as instructors contemplate their next move to press their demand for adjustments in their wages.
There are more than nine hundred HEART instructors across the island.
Yesterday, employees at some HEART Trust sites turned up for work wearing black to register their frustration.
One employee explained to our news centre that during the 1992/1993 contract period it was agreed that HEART instructors would be paid 22.5 per cent more than regular classroom teachers.
The worker further says that arrangement continued until 2007 when there was a reclassification of public sector teachers.
The worker says the exercise resulted in public sector teachers teachers being paid much higher than HEART instructors.
The employee says since then HEART instructors have been pressing for the matter to be addressed but without success.
The worker says in recent months instructors have been seeking to get the help of their union, the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) but he claims that the union has done little to intervene.
The JTA also represents classroom teachers who received a pay increase following the reclassification.
The HEART Instructor says he and his colleagues are disappointed and feel abandoned by their union.
The worker says they will be meeting today to decide their next course of action.
Meanwhile, President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Doran Dixon, says the union is doing its best to get the concerns of HEART instructors resolved.
Dixon is dismissing claims that the JTA has been unsupportive of the demands of the instructors.
He says the union has been making representation for the workers.
Dixon explains that the issue has been delayed because of several factors.
He says these include a disagreement with the management of the HEART Trust/NTA about the entitlement of instructors in lights of the reclassification of the public education sector.
The JTA president says the union is doing all it can to have the matter settled.
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