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  • Delegates of the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) have voted to accept the Government’s wage offer for the 2015-2017 contract period.
  • Public school teachers are being offered a four per cent increase in basic pay over year one of the contract, with a further three per cent hike in the second year.
  • The JTA is the latest group to sign on to the Government's wage offer.

Delegates of the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) have voted to accept the Government’s wage offer for the 2015-2017 contract period.

The teacher-delegates attending the 51st annual conference of the JTA at the Hilton Rose Resort and Spa, indicated their acceptance of the salary offer by way of special vote on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 18),  following a presentation by the association’s Salaries and Conditions of Service Committee.

Public school teachers are being offered a four per cent increase in basic pay over year one of the contract, with a further three per cent hike in the second year. There will also be increases in benefits.

The JTA is the latest group to sign on to the Government’s wage offer.  Last week, unions representing civil servants, signed a new two-year wage agreement, under which they will receive a seven per cent increase over two years.

Newly installed President of the JTA, Norman Allen, said the association’s position will be communicated to the Ministry of Finance and Planning in short order.

“What we have, is an indication as to the direction that the teachers want the JTA to go and as a result, we now have a responsibility to write to the Ministry of Finance and indicate to them that the delegates of the 51st annual conference of the JTA have voted, and they have decided to accept the offer placed on the table,” Mr.  Allen stated.

The most significant change in the offer is for the book and software allowance to be increased by $2,000 for each classroom teacher.

 

Mr. Allen, who is Principal of the Four Paths Primary and Junior High School in Clarendon, was installed as the JTA’s 51st President, during Monday night’s (Aug. 17) session of the annual conference.

He is the son of veteran educator Sherlock Allen, who served as JTA President from 1994 to 1995. He succeeds Mico University Senior Lecturer, Doran Dixon.