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JTA Rejects Government’s Latest Wage Offer

RJR News /   Members of the General Council of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) have voted to reject the latest wage offer made by the government.   The government’s latest offer had been made on Friday following three days of industrial action by the teachers last week.    JTA members opted to reject the offer at a special General Council Meeting on Monday.    JTA President Georgia Waugh Richards said she will be communicating this latest development with the government and seek a better offer.    Speaking at an Area Three Council meeting in Bellefield, Manchester on Sunday, Rudyard Spencer, State Minister in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, had expressed confidence that the government would receive a favourable response from the teachers following their meeting on Friday.    He noted that if the teachers did not accept the retroactive payments now, they would have to wait until 2020 so as not to disrupt the government’s accounting.    The JTA president was asked if the teachers are willing to wait until the 2019/2020 fiscal year for the retroactive payments if an agreement is not reached for funds to be paid this month   “It’s not a dialogue that we’ve had to say ‘yes’ they said to me they are willing to wait until that time, but the fact that they have rejected, I’m sure they know what they are rejecting,” she asserted.      

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