JM | Mar 14, 2023

JTA signs MOU to accept new wage offer as union’s president walks out on deal

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Representatives of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) on Monday (March 13) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to accept the recently proposed wage offer for teachers by the Ministry of Finance.

Leighton Johnson, president-elect of the JTA, and secretary-general Dr Mark Nicely, signed the agreement yesterday evening at the offices of the finance ministry in Kingston after LaSonya Harrison left the signing ceremony without inking the deal.

Dr Nigel Clarke, minister of finance and the public service, said he was pleased to sign the MOU with the JTA representatives, noting “this paves the way for approximately $11.8 billion retroactive payments to be processed for our teachers.”

This agreement comes after teachers rejected the Government’s previous wage offer under the compensation restructuring review last week, accompanied by staged sick-outs for four days.

After much discussion between the labour ministry and JTA delegates, teachers were urged to return to work.


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