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Teachers’ Union, govt open preparatory talks for arbitration; disagreement on some terms of reference

The Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) and representatives from the Labour Department and the Ministry of Education met Tuesday to begin preparations for arbitration into a pay dispute for the country’s more than 10,000 public school teachers. GTU General Secretary, Coretta Mc Donald told Demerara Waves Online News that draft terms of reference were presented by both teams but “there were ...

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Guyana’s proposed Law School faces new hurdle: Legal Education Council Treaty bars private sector role in establishing law schools

Guyana’s plans to establish a law school have hit a major snag with the Caribbean Council of Legal Education (CLE) saying its treaty does not provide for countries or private entities to build and operate law schools,  a hurdle Attorney General Basil Williams said was raised for the first time at this weekend’s Council meeting. “At the moment, I don’t ...

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Time for increased, “non-discriminatory” access to affordable legal education- Pres. Granger tells Caribbean Council of Legal Education

Guyana’s President David Arthur Granger has called on the Council of Legal Education, the Caribbean’s regulatory body for legal education,  to increase access to reasonably priced legal education. “The Council, however, should seek new ways of improving access to and the delivery of affordable legal education to all corners of our Caribbean,” he Friday. Issuing the call in his feature ...

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Guyana not yet ready for local law school- Legal Education Council

Guyana is not yet ready to establish the proposed Joseph Haynes Law School because the Caribbean Council of Legal Education (CLE) has found a number of gaps in the feasibility study, Council Chairman Senior Counsel Reginald Armour said. He told reporters that the CLE could not give its full stamp of approval because a number of questions have surfaced from ...

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Teachers back to work from Monday; govt, union to decide on arbitration panel

Government representatives and the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) will next week meet to select the arbitration panel and decide on the terms of reference for an arbitration panel, now that the strike by educators has been called off immediately. The terms of resumption signed provide for the teachers to resume duty officially on Monday 10th September, 2018 at 9 AM ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Teachers’ pay dispute goes to arbitration, strike to be called off

Chief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle Thursday announced that the almost two-week old teachers’ strike will be called off as the two sides ha be decided to go to arbitration. He said the Guyana Teacher’s Union and the Ministry of Education agreed to take their long-running pay dispute to arbitration. The strike that began on August 27 and entered into the ...

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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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