TTUTA in pay protest
TRINIDAD and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) president Roustan Job yesterday criticised the Chief Personnel Officer (CPO) for dragging her feet in completing an "external market survey", which he said was preventing teachers from continuing their wage negotiations.
Job and 20 general council members of the union protested outside the Park Street, Port of Spain, office of the CPO at midday yesterday.
CPO Stephanie Lewis was said to be unavailable for comment when the Express telephoned her yesterday afternoon.
Job said: "The position that we are in is that (the state of negotiations) remains the same and we are simply insisting that the CPO complete the market survey and that's where we are at and we have not gone further at all."
Job said the survey is to compare wages in the market in different companies.
The teachers want to be paid in line with other professions and in line with market conditions.
He said both the CPO and TTUTA formed sub-committees and had already selected certain occupations that can be compared with teaching in terms of workload and qualifications.
The committees would then examine the different compensation packages within these industries as they compare to teachers.
"We are now insisting that the exercise be completed so that our negotiations can continue and we are hoping that good sense will prevail in this matter," said Job. —Gyasi Gonzales