WIGUT ends industrial action; salary negotiations to begin

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WIGUT ends industrial action; salary negotiations to begin

University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine campus teachers and students alike are breathing a sigh of relief, as the greenlight has been given for salary negotiations to begin after months of protests.

This means examinations can continue without a hitch.

The West Indies Group of University Teachers (WIGUT), which represents campus staff, was advised of the remit offer from the Ministry of Education on Sunday by Campus Principal, Professor Rosemarie-Belle Antoine.

WIGUT president Dr Indira Rampersad, in a GML interview, said now that the remit has been put forward, members will hold their end of the bargain and release all exam papers.
Exams started at the campus on Monday.

The news comes days after WIGUT threatened to escalate their actions if negotiations continued to be stalled.

Dr Rampersad added, “I think all’s well that ends well. It’s over. We will now enter the negotiations with the campus Management Advisory unit on principle.”

In a statement, UWI, on behalf of the principal, confirmed that campus management had received official communication from the Ministry of Education for the bargaining units of the institution.

The statement said, “The Campus thanks the Minister and her team, the CPO and inter-ministerial committee. In particular, it records its appreciation for the honouring of the timeline given six weeks ago. WIGUT has been advised of this receipt and as was agreed, it is expected that industrial action will cease as the parties go into negotiations.”

Professor Belle Antoine said, “Due to our statutory requirements for notices in relation to examinations, the campus had already complied on Friday night and issued notices of changed schedules to 31 examinations for which papers were outstanding. “These new dates will stand. The papers now being received will be processed with the same integrity and care that is the norm for the holding of UWI examinations.”

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