The Guyana Teachers Union today issued a call for the President to engage the Teacher’s Union and for the salaries of teachers to also be adjusted.
While welcoming the Government’s decision to adjust the salaries for members of the Joint Services, the GTU said it is disappointed that similar adjustments were not given to teachers who have been struggling with low salaries for years.
“The GTU wishes to place on record that not only police and fire service officers’ salaries need to be adjusted, but public servants and teachers. Teachers for too long have been subjected to meagre salaries. The union calls on President Ali to consider the Union’s proposal for salary and non-salary benefits as outlined in the document submitted sometime back,” the teachers union said in a statement.
The GTU said it is no longer a question of affordability, since it is of the view that the country can afford to provide a livable wage to teachers.
“Teachers undergo far more training and rigorous studies to attain the status of Head teacher, Deputy Head teacher, Head of Department etc. It is time President Ali engage the Guyana Teachers Union to fix the salary issues affecting the nation’s educators.The police and fire service officers have every right to be elated and so do Teachers and other public servants,” President of the Union Mark Lyte said in a statement.
President Irfaan Ali last week announced an 8% retroactive salary increase for all public servants including teachers. The GTU has also frowned on that increase calling it inadequate.
The union wants the President to address the concerns of teachers after meaningful consultation with the union.
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