Teachers' strike looms

November 28, 2017
Waugh Richards

 

Teachers in the public-school system are threatening to take industrial action if the Government fails to put a better wage offer on the table by Friday.

The General Council of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) on Saturday voted unanimously to reject the Government's current wage offer of six per cent increase over two years.

"The strident council members want the country to know that normality cannot be guaranteed if an improved offer is not received. The teachers of Jamaica have been biting the bullet for a long time and enough is enough," the JTA said.

"We are united in our cause and will neither retreat nor surrender. The association will vigorously defend the teachers' right to receive a better wage offer and significant improvements in their terms and conditions of service," said the Georgia Waugh Richards-led JTA.

The group said that it cannot guarantee normality in the education system.

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