Teachers Accept Gov’t Pay Offer

The Government and Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) have reached agreement on a wage and benefits package for teachers.

Members of the General Council of the JTA voted this afternoon (Friday, May 11) to accept the latest offer made by Government.

In a brief release this afternoon the JTA said it was likely a heads of agreement between the parties would be signed next week. The release gave no indication of what the Government offer was.

In March, teachers went on sick out to press their claim for an increased wage offer after months of negotiating with the Government. Up to then Government had offered teachers a seven percent wage increase over two years for the contract period, financial years 2017-2019. Some other government workers had accepted the seven percent over two year

The Government had also been seeking to agree a four-year rather than the usual two-year contract but the teachers had opposed that.

The following is the release issued by the JTA this afternoon:

At a Special Meeting of the General Council of the Jamaica Teacher’s Association held today, May 11, 2018 to examine and vote on the latest Salary Offer from the Government of Jamaica to Public Sector Teachers, the Members voted to accept the offer.

This information has been communicated to the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.

It is anticipated that the Association will sign the Heads of Agreement next week.”

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