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Guyana: GTU seeks further talks on wages

likely to put forward counter-proposal, wants agreement on non-salary benefits

THE Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) is likely to put forward a counterproposal to the government’s latest offer, which would include agreement on a number of non-salary benefits and a continuation of the negotiations when they meet representatives of the Ministry of Education today.

Sources close to the union told the Guyana Chronicle that, the union would like the government to up the 10 and eight per cent offers made by President David Granger when they met on Monday, but more particularly, they would want to see some agreements on a range of non-salary benefits. “The union had a package which it had put forward at the beginning of these talks and there would have to be some agreements on these things,” the sources.

President Granger and the Ministry of Education (MoE) on Monday met with the GTU and extended a new salary offer. The offer will see teachers being paid retroactively from 2016, with a salary increase of 10 per cent for 2016, and incremental increases of eight per cent for 2017 and 2018, respectively; while for debunching $350 million is being offered for the period 2011 – 2018.

Following the meeting, President Granger said he was optimistic that the two sides have found “common ground” and “are now closer to a resolution than ever before.” It is expected that an announcement would be made by Friday. The GTU did not accept the offer, but is expected to meet again with the MoE today to confirm their decision.

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