President of the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) Ancel Roget told teachers yesterday to “prepare for battle” since the war had just begun.
Roget was referencing the teacher’s protest action, as a result of stalled salary negotiations between the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) and the Chief Personnel Officer (CPO) at the Ministry of Education. Teachers gathered in front of the Brian Lara Promenade following their march yesterday, where Roget addressed the many educators who are seeking a new collective agreement, and a response to a proposal that was presented by TTUTA.
Roget said teachers should take the necessary steps to ensure that their voice is heard and should not be afraid to voice their concerns about any injustice. He said their protest action would send a message to Government that they are fed. He expressed his disappointment in those teachers who did not support the protest adding, “and if it is the teachers are staying in the classroom, doing their duty and even going beyond their duties and nobody is listening to you, it is time for you to hit the streets in your numbers.”
TTUTA President Lynsley Doodhai said that thanked the teachers and supporters who showed up yesterday. He said the organization will continue to do what is necessary until the CPO responds.