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Cabinet is to receive a report on the understanding reached between the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, and the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA), regarding salary settlements for the island’s public sector teachers, at its next meeting on Tuesday (Oct. 21).
The understanding, according to Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Senator Dwight Nelson, was arrived at during discussions between the Ministry and the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) on Tuesday (Oct. 14).
The meeting was convened, after teachers threatened to go on strike unless a favourable response was forthcoming from the Government to their demand for the implementation of a reclassification of salaries, to bring them within 80 per cent of emoluments paid to their colleagues in private institutions.
Speaking at Wednesday’s (Oct. 15) post-Cabinet briefing at Jamaica House, Senator Nelson told journalists that the negotiating teams “arrived at an understanding, as to how the teachers’ dispute will be settled.”
“I had intensive discussions this (Wednesday, Oct. 15) morning with the Minister of Finance (Audley Shaw), and we have no problems (with the settlement). My discussions.have established that we will do our best to try and find the money. I will give the Cabinet a full briefing.on Tuesday, as to the understandings, (in terms of) what the teachers and ourselves have signed off on. We are hoping, that when we make representation to the Cabinet on Tuesday, that we will have no difficulty,” Senator Nelson informed.
Pressed for details of the settlement, Senator Nelson declined, stressing that he was obliged to report to Cabinet, before any details can be released.