TTUTA accepts CPO’s 4% wage offer

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TTUTA accepts CPO’s 4% wage offer

The Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA) has accepted the Chief Personnel Officer (CPO), Dr. Daryl Dindial’s 4 % salary offer.

This is for the periods 2014-2017 and 2017-2020 with enhanced entitlements included in the Memorandum of Agreement.

The TTUTA’s Executive negotiated and signed off on the improvement of allowances and the expansion of some existing benefits applicable to members of the Teaching Service. These included improved provisions for Sabbatical Leave, Commuted Travelling Allowance and an expanded list for Incentive Allowance. In addition, a new Telephone Allowance was introduced for all Principals, Vice Principals, Senior Teachers, and Senior Special Education Teachers.

Adjustments were also made to Travelling Allowances, Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) as well as, the grant of a one-time lump-sum payment of $4,000 to members of the teaching service who retired compulsorily, voluntarily, and with permission on the grounds of ill health for the period October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2016.

The CPO informed, that a Letter of Understanding was also provided to the Association, which contained issues where there is a commitment by the Personnel Department to continue deliberations post negotiations. These include School Based Assessments (SBAs), Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQs), and the payment of a Technology Allowance for the purchase of teaching resources in light of the proposed introduction of the Dual/Hybrid Education System.

Additionally, the conduct of a Job Evaluation Exercise was also agreed upon, which is expected to commence in fiscal 2024/2025.

Dindial appealed to the other Associations to accept the Government’s offer.