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TTUTA and CPO to meet again Friday

Tuesday, December 11 2012

The General Council of the TT Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) has directed the executive of the union to “continue fighting” for a settlement in wage negotiations with the Chief Personnel Officer.

It has endorsed a protest next Monday through the streets of San Fernando, starting at the Harris Promenade bandstand.

TTUTA and the CPO have been negotiating for October 2009 to September 2011 for more than two years.

TTUTA’s General Council, met last Wednesday at the Chaguanas North Secondary School on the outcome of 14-hour negotiations with the CPO on November 30.

In that meeting TTUTA reported that the CPO has not shifted from her position of offering an average “across the board” increase of eight percent, which is about 80-81 percent of the market value for the salaries being used from the external labour market survey. TTUTA has amended its proposal downward from 13 percent to an average increase of 11 percent

Commenting on the General Council meeting TTUTA General Secretary Peter Wilson said in an interview, “people are very incensed.”

The two parties are set to meet this Friday and TTTUA is prepared to negotiate for a settlement before the end of this year. However, if this does not happen and discussions continue in the new year, Wilson said “schools will not start in the new term in a normal fashion. There could be a lot of action.”

Schools are set to reopen on January 7 after the Christmas break.

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