With the arbitration process at a standstill, the Government has made a new offer to teachers through the Guyana Teachers Union and the union is expected to indicate by tomorrow whether it accepts the offer.
GTU officials met yesterday with President David Granger and officials of the Education Ministry. The President convened the meeting and said it appears as though “common ground” has been found.
The Government is now offering the teachers, a 10% salary increase for 2016 with an 8% increase for this year.
Additionally, the Government is also making $350 million available for debauching for the period 2011-2018.
Payments for debunching and 2018 will be made in December while the retroactive 2016 increase will be made in January 2019 if agreed.
The GTU has explained to its membership via its Facebook page that there was an interim payout received for 2016 and 2017 of 6 and 8%. And that means that the final offer by government for 2016 in particular would amount to teachers receiving an additional 4 and 2%.
The Union has asked its membership to indicate their thoughts on the offer by Wednesday. Union officials are expected to meet again on Wednesday with government officials to indicate whether or not they accept the offer.
In a statement, President David Granger said it is important for the Government and the Union to work to complete this process since it is aware that the teachers have expectations.
He noted that the teachers can be assured that the Government is concerned about the issues raised and is working to address those issues.