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Representatives of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) and the Government signed an agreement Tuesday (September 29) at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Kingston, for the payment of salary arrears amounting to $8 billion.
The parties agreed that the payments will be made as follows:
Year 1 (2010-2011) – $4 billion, payable in two equal installments in May and July 2010Year 2 (2011-2012) $2.5 billion, payable in June 2011.Year 3 (2012-2013) $1.5 billion, payable in April 2012
The signing was witnessed by the Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles, who expressed satisfaction with the settlement, and told the JTA that the agreement represented a “commitment by the Government to honour its obligations to the teachers.”
Mr. Charles also told the teachers that there is utmost appreciation for the sacrifices made by them in service to the Country.
JTA President, Michael Stewart, said the teachers were accepting the agreement in “good faith”, and that the Association expects that the Ministry will ensure that there is no variation to the agreed schedule.

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