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JTA begins consultation on leave entitlement changes

Published:Friday | May 24, 2013 | 2:06 PM

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) has begun consultations with its membership on the growing impasse with the Ministry of Education on proposals to change leave entitlements for teachers.

The consultations are being held in the parishes of Hanover, Westmoreland and St Elizabeth.

The central executive of the JTA voted earlier this week to suspend its monthly meetings with Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, to register its objection to the changes.

Thwaites announced that study leave would be suspended and would only be allowed under certain circumstances.

Thwaites also said changes are to be made to vacation and sick leave benefits in the education sector.

The JTA argues that the education minister’s pronouncements have serious implications for the wage agreement signed with the Government.

It also sought the intervention of the public service ministry.

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