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Teachers union ready to reopen pay negotiations with President

As thousands of teachers intensified a strike into the third day of the new school year, the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) on Wednesday said it was ready to reopen negotiations if President David Granger called them to the table. “We will be willing to meet with the President or a delegates body to have thus thing fast-tracked because I realise ...

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Finance Ministry should be formally involved in all salary negotiations for teachers- Former GTU President

As a strike by government-employed teachers dragged into its second week, former President of the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU), Colwyn King believes the time has come for formal provision to be made for the involvement of the Finance Ministry in negotiations for increased salaries and allowances. “That old, antiquated sort of agreement should go out the door and you should ...

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Junior Labour Minister apologises for calling striking teachers “selfish and uncaring”

As the Ministry of Education hopes to get the Guyana Teachers Union back to the mediation table and break an almost two-week old strike, Junior Labour Minister Keith Scott on Tuesday apologised for calling the educators “selfish and uncaring”. In fact, Scott even went further by calling the now seven-day old industrial unrest “legitimate”. “I would like to offer my sincerest ...

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Striking teachers abandoned classrooms countrywide while others remained on the job

Numerous teachers across Guyana stayed away from classrooms at government-run schools, even as the Ministry of Education deployed scabs comprising retired and trainee teachers to cushion the impact of a strike that has entered the second week to press demands for increased salaries. In other schools, some or all of the teachers ignored the call for industrial action by the ...

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Education Ministry refuses to go to arbitration in exchange for calling off strike

The Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) Wednesday afternoon failed in its bid to get government’s Labour Department to agree to send the long-running pay dispute to arbitration. “We are willing to call the strike off tonight if they agree to our terms,” said union General Secretary, Coretta Mc Donald after the one-hour long talks. Asked if the GTU was still willing ...

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Teachers’ Union to prolong strike if govt refuses to negotiate recommended 40 percent salary hike

The Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) on Thursday threatened to prolong the strike and force government into arbitration if it refuses to return to the bargaining table and consider using the 40 percent demand as a starting point for which to negotiate lower increases. Union President, Mark Lyte said the GTU would be willing to consider a lower offer, with double ...

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University of Guyana warns against stealing other people’s works, buying papers

University of Guyana Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith has warned new students against stealing other people’s works and reproducing it as theirs to help create a culture of honesty as the country is poised to earn huge revenues. Addressing an orientation for the freshmen and women at the George Walcott Lecture Theatre on Monday afternoon, he warned them against plagiarism ...

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Teachers’ salary increase demands “unrealistic”; 10% percent per year plus non-salary benefits more realistic

Even as government-employed teachers were Monday due to embark on an indefinite strike for increased salaries, Economics Professor Tarron Khemraj believes the 40 percent demand is too exorbitant and the educators should settle for 10 percent pay hike due to the state of the economy. “The salary demands of the teachers’ union are obviously unrealistic at this time, but non-salary ...

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Technical-vocational education- a tool to tackle youth unemployment ; stop denying there are problems- Pres. Granger

President David Granger on Sunday said his administration was seeking to tackle youth unemployment by pushing mainly technical-vocational education, even as he called on non-governmental organisations to gather solid information on socioeconomic problems with the aim of finding concrete solutions. “It is for this reason that a lot of emphasis is being placed on education, particularly technical and vocational education, ...

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