Labour Ministry calls conciliatory meeting with JTA

By Racquel Porter
The Ministry of Labour says it will be meeting with the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) and the Ministry of Education at its North Street Office on Friday morning with a view to preventing further strike action by teachers.
The Labour Ministry says the emergency conciliatory meeting is scheduled to get underway at 8:30 a.m.
Teachers in Westmoreland, St. Elizabeth, Manchester, Clarendon, St. Catherine Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Thomas kicked off their expected two-day strike action Thursday morning following a call to action by JTA President La Sonja Harrison.
Representatives of the Ministry of Education have been locked in meetings 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 their concerns over the anomalies and discrepancies in their pay under the compensation review have largely been ignored by the Ministry of Finance.

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