6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. JTA stands by striking teachers
  2. Phillips supports protesting teachers
  3. JCTU writes warning letter to PM
  4. School lockdown
  5. Police sound warning re wage standoff
  6. Man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend

1. JTA stands by striking teachers

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) has issued a statement saying it’s not fazed by what it calls the organised, deliberate propaganda and intimidatory tactics aimed at discrediting the group amid an islandwide protest by educators. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Peter Phillips

2. Phillips supports prostesting teachers

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips is supporting public school teachers now on strike to register their disappointment with the stance of the government in their wage negotiation. Phillips says he understands that the action of the teachers has affected students and parents but, the educators deserve solidarity given what has led to the industrial action. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. JCTU writes warning letter to PM

The President of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) says she has written to Prime Minister Andrew Holness urging him to reconsider the move to pay the wage increase agreed with some public sector workers to others who have not yet signed the deal. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. School lockdown

Disgruntled teachers are stepping up pressure on the Government for a second day of protest action to deliver a better salary package than the 16-per cent over four years that they are being asked to accept. Yesterday, in preempting the likely fallout, the Ministry of Education put in place a number of contingencies including utilising Regional Response Teams comprising officers from the ministry, select tertiary institutions, secondary schools student bodies and the National Parent Teachers Association of Jamaica.The contingency measures covered 760 Primary, All Age and Primary and Junior High Schools and 171 High Schools. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Police sound warning re wage standoff

Rank-and-file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force have joined the island’s teachers in challenging the salary increase proposed by Finance Minister Audley Shaw for the next four years. In a release yesterday, the Jamaica Police Federation, which represents the rank-and-file members of the force, said it was “deeply concerned and extremely disappointed” with the public utterances made by Shaw regarding what it deemed an erroneous calculation of 34 per cent over four years for salaries and the payment of retroactive wages to public-sector workers as at March 2018. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend

Thirty-one year-old Odaine Keyes, the St Thomas man charged with the Boxing Day 2016 murder of his girlfriend in Arcadia has pleaded guilty. He is to be sentenced in the St Thomas Circuit Court on March 21. Keyes’ girlfriend, 19-year-old Tashoy Barrett, was found with her throat slashed at the home they shared. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.