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posted 2 Dec 2012, 20:03 by Gerry Kangalee
The emergency General Council meeting of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA), scheduled for Wednesday promises to be heated as teachers come to grips with the refusal of the Chief Personnel Officer (CPO) to shift from hersalary offer the day after thousands of teachers marched through Port of Spain on November 29th. 

The CPO’s refusal to budge is seen by many teachers as a virtual slap in the face in light of the union lowering its salary demand at the marathon meeting between parties on Friday 30th November.

Sources familiar with the situation in TTUTA say that there is a growing sentiment among teachers to implement drastic measures as they seek a decent salary increase from a government that seems determined to suppress teachers’ wages, although its salary cap has been shattered in many areas in the public sector through militant action of workers.

There are calls for work to rule; half day shutdowns; two days off, one day on; terminating the meetings with the CPO and total shut down.
Teachers are particularly incensed as they believe they have been extremely patient over the last two and a half years that negotiations have been ongoing for a period that has already expired (2008-2011).
The General Council meeting takes place on Wednesday 5th December at the Chaguanas North Secondary School, beginning at 5:00 pm.