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Continuation of teachers' strike action uncertain

By Racquel Porter/Prince Moore   
 
It is unclear whether the island's teachers will continue their strike action for a second consecutive day as the Ministry of Labour tries to avert a worsening of the situation.
 
The Ministry of Labour called an emergency conciliatory meeting for 8:30 Friday morning at its North Street Office in Kingston, with a view to preventing further strike action by teachers.
 
Representatives from the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) and the Ministry of Education are expected to be in attendance.  
 
Teachers in Westmoreland, St. Elizabeth, Manchester, Clarendon, St. Catherine Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Thomas kicked off their planned two-day strike action on Thursday following a call to action by JTA President La Sonja Harrison.
 
Radio Jamaica News tried unsuccessfully to get a response from the JTA president on whether the protest will continue Friday.
 
Representatives of the Ministry of Education were locked in meetings on Thursday to determine the course of action in light of a reported plan to continue the protest into next week and include more teachers.
 
The teachers are upset that the Ministry of Finance has ignored their concerns over the anomalies and discrepancies in their pay under the compensation review.
 


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