JTA refuses gov't payment of monies under rejected wage offer

The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) says it has been informed by the Ministry of Finance that it intends to pay the first year of the 2017-2019 wage offer with March salaries despite the group rejecting it four days ago.
In a release on Wednesday, the JTA said it has not agreed to any such payment plan.
The JTA said it believes that this move is unprecedented in light of  the fact that salary negotiations have not been concluded nor a Heads of Agreement signed.
It said if the Finance Ministry goes ahead with the payment, the JTA will view it as tantamount to union busting and a breach of Collective Bargaining Rights.
The island's teachers last Saturday voted to reject the government's wage offer at a special conference.

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