JTA wants increase in allowance for senior teachers
An increase in the allowance for senior teachers is among the wage and benefits claims submitted by the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) to the Government.
The JTA and the Government held their first meeting yesterday as they begin the process of working out a new agreement to replace a wage freeze that ends next month.
JTA president Doran Dixon says the discussions went well.
He has declined to disclose the increase being sought on basic salaries.
However, he says among other things, the union has asked for increases in the book and software allowance for teachers as well as the number of trained teachers assigned to basic schools.
Dixon says no date has been set for the next meeting.
Finance Ministry negotiators are meeting with various unions to agree on new wage agreements by April 1 when the 2015/2016 financial year begins.
Finance Minister, Dr Peter Phillips, says the Government will not seek a new wage freeze but he insists agreements will not threaten commitments under the programme with the International Monetary Fund.
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