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posted 2 Sep 2012, 21:24 by Gerry Kangalee

Reports coming out of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) indicate that the union’s General Council has decided on a series of actions designed to put pressure on the Chief Personnel Officer (CPO) to get closer to TTUTA’s positions during negotiation for the period 2008-2011. 
The General Council has decided to call on all union members to take part, on Friday September 7th 2012, in the Joint Trade Union Movement’s Labour Day Come to Town demonstration in Port of Spain. The demonstration has been called to highlight, among other things, outstanding public sector negotiations and opposition to the government’s privatisation policy. 
The General Council has also called on teachers to rest and reflect on Thursday September 13th and Friday September 14th 2012. 

On Friday September 14th 2012, the General Council has called out all General Council and conference delegates, district executive members as well as interested TTUTA members to picket the office of the CPO. 

TTUTA and the CPO are negotiating for an expired contract period. The parties have agreed that negotiations should be based on external labour market rates; on the benchmark positions for the teaching service and the comparator organisations to be surveyed. 

The CPO has refused to accept that 2011 labour market salaries should be used to set salaries for the last year of the agreement, which begins in October 2010. She is instead proposing that an average salary should be derived between the three months of 2010 beginning in October and the last nine months of the contract period January to September 2011. 
The CPO has also proposed to use the 2011 salaries in the survey but in implementing the increases the final increase should begin in January 2011. TTUTA, of course, is not in agreement with the CPO’s position and is prepared to show their disagreement in a forceful manner.