The Government, in an attempt to resolve the current impasse with the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) over retroactive pay, has referred the matter to the Ministry of Labour for its intervention to prevent further destabilization of the Education Sector.
The Minister of Finance has written to the Minister of Labour explaining that the Government had made an offer for settlement of JA$1billion for this year and a revised timetable for the balance outstanding in subsequent fiscal years.
The offer was rejected and the JTA has since called a two day strike. The matter must therefore now be brought within the formal framework appointed by law to resolve such disputes.
The Government continues to be hopeful that good sense will prevail and that the children of Jamaica will not lose out on their education.
[Via Jamaica Observer]