Emergency meeting called between JTA and Doran Dixon
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
An emergency meeting between the administration of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) and embattled former president Doran Dixon is now underway as tension escalates between the two.
President-elect, Dr Mark Nicely told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre a short while ago that the meeting is being chaired by JTA's Secretary General, Adolph Cameron.
Dixon has come under heavy criticism after he characterised the dispute over leave entitlements between the Ministry of Education and the association as being between a mongrel dog and a lion-hearted cat.
Dixon has given the JTA 48 hours to retract its decision to bar him from contesting the upcoming president elect elections or face a court injunction.
A former head of the 24,000-member teachers' union, Dixon is also questioning the legal authority of the group within the organisation that sanctioned the decision to bar him.
Today, the JTA informed Dixon of the decision of the Presidents of the Association first communicated to the public on Sunday.
In the letter obtained by The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre, the JTA said the action follows two meetings involving Dixon and his refusal to retract controversial comments which the teacher organisation says have significantly eroded its image and status.
However, in his response, Dixon asserts that the JTA’s memorandum of Association does not give credence to the Presidents of the Association group nor is it allowed to carry out functions reserved for a disciplinary committee.
Dixon also argues that four other JTA members including president, Clayton Hall, immediate past president, Paul Adams and two contenders have made controversial comments but have had no action taken against them.
Dixon was set to go up against four other candidates in the June 17-21 elections to select the president for the 2014-2015 period.
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