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TEACHERS PREPARE TO MARCH

posted 22 Nov 2012, 07:11 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 22 Nov 2012, 07:12 ]

In a statement issued on November 21st 2012, Preter Wilson, General Secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) stated:

 
1.) TTUTA thanks teachers for their massive support on Friday November 16. Thousands of teachers (approximately 90%) rested and reflected, sending a powerful message to the CPO, Government and national community that there must be a prompt, just salary settlement for teachers. However, the battle is not yet won;

2.) The General Council met in emergency session yesterday, November 20, at the Chaguanas North Secondary School and rejected the latest salary proposal of the CPO

3.) The CPO's latest salary proposal, derived from the External Labour Market (ELM) Survey, amounts to average salary increases across the grades of about 8.5%. In particular, the CPO's proposal shows the following:

i) Grade 3 (T I/TVT ll/TVT lll/T Il) $670 monthly increase before tax at the Minimum Point or a salary of about 82% of the ELM figure;

ii) Grade 4 (T Ill/TVT IV/Sen T) $837 monthly increase before tax at the Minimum Point or a salary of about 81% of the ELM figure;

iii) Grade 7 (P (Prim), VP (Sec)) $1148 monthly increase before tax at the Minimum Point or a salary of about 68% of the ELM figure.

4.) The General Council decided to call on all teachers:

i) To rest and reflect on Thursday November 22 and Friday November 23;

ii) Prepare for a March through Port of Spain on Thursday November 29, 2012;

5.] The General Council also decided to picket the Office of the CPO on Friday November 23, beginning at 10:00 am. Other teachers are welcome to join this picket demonstration;

6.] Another whole day negotiation session is set for Friday November 23;

7.] TTUTA latest salary proposal, derived from the ELM Survey, and submitted to the CPO on November 16, amounts to average salary increases across the grades of about 13%. In particular, TTUTA's proposal shows the following:

i] Grade 3 [T I/TVT II/TVT III/T II] $996 monthly increase before tax at the Minimum Point or a salary of about 85% of the ELM figure;

ii] Grade 4 (T III/TVT IV/Sen T] $1253 monthly increase before tax at the Minimum Point or a salary of about 84% of the ELM figure;

iii] Grade 7 [P (Prim], VP [Sec]] $1720 monthly increase before tax at the Minimum Point or a salary of 70% of the ELM figure.

8.] Teachers have N0 allowances or perks unlike other public sector workers, including the Protective Services;

9.] TTUTA continues to seek to obtain settlement teacher salaries which are as close to the ELM salaries as is possible, especially at Grades 3 and 4. Settlement salaries must recognize the critical role of teachers in education and national development;

10.] Teachers should be alert to the call of the General Council, continue on a high level of mobilization and stand ready for further action and reflection in the days and weeks ahead.
 
ORGANIZE! MOBILIZE! STAND READY!
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Gerry Kangalee,
23 Nov 2012, 07:10
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