JAMAICA: JTA silent on islandwide teachers' strike
Jamaica Gleaner / The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), which represents the majority of public school teachers, has remained silent on the strike that has crippled school activities across the island.

When contacted this morning, JTA President Georgia Waugh Richards said she was unable to speak.

The strike by public school teachers comes amid a dispute between the JTA and the government over wage negotiations.

The government has offered teachers and other public sector workers a 16 percent increase over four years.

However, while some public sector groups have accepted the offer, the JTA has rejected it and has requested that negotiations continue.

But, the government has insisted that it could not make a better offer and has since indicated that it would be proceeding with paying the portion of the increase that is due to teachers for the 2017 contract period.

Saying it felt disrespected, the JTA warned the government against the move.

Finance Minister Audley Shaw on the weekend said the government would have to hike taxes if it is to meet the demands of teachers and other others clamouring for higher wages.

Shaw said hiking taxes would throw the fragile economy in a tailspin and warned that this would have serious implications for all.

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