Nov 23, 2017 News
Exactly three weeks and one day after the creation of what was referred to as a ‘high-level Task Force,’ it is already being labeled as deficient.
The reason for this was explained yesterday by General Secretary of the Guyana Teachers’
Union (GTU), Coretta McDonald.
McDonald told Kaieteur News that, so far, the Task Force has only managed to convene one of the three meetings, which was the introductory meeting, and has not yet assembled for the others that were intended to address several pertinent issues.
She asserted that one such meeting was scheduled for November 9. In addition to this, the meeting that was expected to be carried out one week later was also not held.
“The meetings were cancelled due to official reasons, which the GTU doesn’t know about, and the second meeting was cancelled due to the lack of a quorum. We did not have the representatives from the government – who they had identified to be there – for the meeting to start.”
McDonald said that, “We agreed to meet once per week, and that is every Thursday at 10:00am.”
The Task Force was recommended by President David Granger after he met with the executive members of GTU on October 30, last.
The President’s meeting with GTU officials was held following a meeting the Union had with the Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry.
The task force was officially established on November 1 of this year to essentially guide salary negotiations for public school teachers.
Its mandate is also to examine outstanding problems faced by teachers and by extension the union with a view to their timely resolution. The Task Force should have been convening weekly statutory meetings and is also mandated to propose a new multi-year remuneration package for a period spanning 2016-2020 that both government and the union can agree on.
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