Its back to the negotiation table today for the Guyana Teachers Union and the Ministry of Education as the Government tries to avert the planned strike action by the nation’s teachers.
The GTU has accepted an invitation by the Education Minister to meet this afternoon at her Brickdam office to further discuss the issue of salary increases for the teachers.
Two days ago, the Education Minister indicated that the government is committed to giving teachers their salary increases and is willing to continue the negotiations.
The GTU has said that the Government would have to put forward a proper proposal to be taken seriously and only a detailed and proper proposal may be able to change the hearts of the teachers, who are preparing to start their strike action just before schools reopen.
The GTU has been pushing for a 40% salary increase for teachers as part of a multi year deal. The Government made a counter proposal for one ballpark figure to go towards an across the board increase.
But the GTU maintains that the figure proposed by the government might only see teachers receiving an extra $5000 in their salaries.
The GTU President, Mark Lyte, has said that he knows the Government could do more and it must.
Guyana has close to 10,000 teachers in the public education system. The GTU wants the teachers to begin their strike action from August 27 until furthe notice, if there is no acceptable proposal put forward by the Government.