THE Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) has written to the Ministry of Finance notifying of its decision to instruct members working in public educational institutions to strike on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

JTA members are to return to work Wednesday.

Its central executive had met earlier today to decide how to respond to the government’s proposed payment schedule for retroactive wages owed.

Public school teachers had gone on strike Monday and Tuesday this week.

The disgruntled public servants are owed a total of $8 billion with $4 billion due this year. The government — complaining that money is hard to come by — told the teachers only $1 billion has been allocated to pay them now and have asked them to accept the rest over the next three years.

The teachers have flatly rejected the offer.

[Via Jamaica Observer]