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Teachers accept wage freeze
2013-03-08 17:35:12 | (0 Comments)
The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) has accepted the government’s wage restraint proposal for the 2012-2014 contract period.
The teachers' union voted on the matter today at a specially called meeting of the association’s Central Executive.
The JTA had previously said it was not in support of a wage freeze.
But a source at the JTA told our news centre that the teachers decided to relent given the circumstances facing the country.
The source says a letter indicating the JTA’s acceptance of the wage freeze will be sent to the Ministry of Finance today.
However, the teachers are reportedly still hoping to have discussions with the Ministry regarding possible concessions which can be granted in lieu of a pay raise.
The government is seeking to wrap up negotiations with unions representing public sector workers before Monday as it presses to reach a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for an extended fund facility.
The Jamaica Civil Service Association and the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions have already signed the wage restraint agreement with the government.
Reduction of the country’s wage bill as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product is one of the pre-conditions the government must meet before the IMF will consider a deal with Jamaica.
The board of the IMF is expected to consider Jamaica’s Letter of Intent later this month.
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