Having walked out of salary negotiations with the Ministry of Education on Thursday, the Guyana Teachers Union is now holding firm to its demands in a multi-year salary proposal, while encouraging teachers to get set for strike action.
In the proposal obtained by News Source, the GTU wants the Ministry of Education to agree to an across-the-board increase in salary of 40% for 2016, 45% for 2017, 50% for 2018, 50% for 2019 and 50% for 2020.
The demand would cover all categories of teachers\teacher educators for the years 2016-2020.
Additionally, the GTU wants an additional performance based incentive of three percent (3%) per annum, of the total Teachers’ Wage Bill, which would be paid to eligible teachers during the period of the multi-year Agreement, with effect from January, 01, 2016.
The union is also pressing for all Teachers/ teacher educators to be granted a monthly “Emotional Allowance” of $5,000.
It is also pressing the Education Ministry of a monthly vehicle maintenance allowance of $7,000 to be provided to all Headmasters/ Mistresses and Principals/Vice Principals and in the case of Deputy Headmaster/ Mistresses and Deputy Principals acting as the Head of a school/institution.
The GTU also want all teachers/teacher educators to be granted double salary in the month of December.
With regard to non-salary issues, the GTU wants to see increased monthly remuneration for teachers/teacher educators who have improved their qualifications. That would range from $7,000 for teachers with a Certificate in Education, $10,000 for those with a diploma, $6,000 for those with a management certificate, $25,000 for those who hold a Masters Degree and $35,000 for those with a Doctoral degree.
Additionally, the Union wants all teachers/teacher educators to be provided with an annual clothing Allowance of $25,000.00 with effect from January 1, 2016.
The Union wants the Education Ministry to also agree to grant duty free concessions for headmasters/mistresses and principals for motor vehicles up to 2700 cc. The agreement also calls for 50 scholarships being made available to teachers who are members of the Guyana Teachers Union.
The Ministry of Education on Thursday indicated to the Union that it would be offering salary increases that mirror the increases being offered to public servants. The Union walked out of the meeting and has since asked its members to prepare for strike action.
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