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Ministry's response to JTA's concerns set for Wednesday

Published:Monday | May 27, 2013 | 6:03 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Public Service ministry is to respond by Wednesday to concerns raised by the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) over a contentious proposal to change several entitlements currently enjoyed by teachers in the public school system.

The announcement from the education minister, Ronald Thwaites that sick, vacation and paid study leave systems will be changed has upset the teachers who have accused Thwaites of overstepping his authority.

Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, Horace Dalley says the JTA has formally written the ministry seeking clarification on several issues.

However he declined to speak on the specific points raised by the association.

Dalley is dismissing JTA's comments that Thwaites overstepped when he spoke on the entitlements issue in Parliament.

The teachers have argued that the entitlements were conditions under which they accepted being paid at 80 per cent of their market value.

To show its disapproval, the JTA has suspended its monthly meetings with the education minister until it completes several parish consultations.

Dalley says he will be intervening in the stand-off to try and bring the two parties back to the negotiating table.


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