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posted 16 Dec 2012, 17:27 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 16 Dec 2012, 17:28 ]
The General Council of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) has cancelled its demonstration scheduled for Monday 17th January. General Secretary Peter Wilson has issued the following statement dated December 15th explaining its change of tactic:
1) Today, Saturday December 15, 2012, the General Council decided to call off its protest march through the streets of San Fernando, which was scheduled for Monday December 17, 2012.

2) The General Council met today and considered the latest salary proposal advanced by the CPO at the last salary negotiating session - some nine (9) hours - held on Friday December 14.

3) The General Council mandated TTUTA’s Negotiating Team to continue the negotiations with the CPO and work towards the best possible settlement salary at a special session scheduled for Tuesday December 18, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

4) As a result, in an act of good faith, the General Council decided to call off the protest march in San Fernando on Monday December 17.

5) TTUTA continues to insist that settlement salaries must recognize the critical role of teachers in education and national development. Teachers are owed a debt in salaries for their work over the past five (5) years. This debt cannot be overlooked, ignored or dismissed.
The cancellation of the march has elicited much discussion and debate among teachers and speculation is rife that the almost three year old negotiation will be settled on Tuesday 18th December at the “special session” scheduled with the Chief Personnel Officer.