– GTU anticipates all schools will be on board by tomorrowDouble session at Central High School yesterday was not as a result of industrial action planned byGTU PresidentMark Lytethe Guyana Teachers Union (GTU).This publication understands that the early dismissal of the school was to allow teachers and students to attend the funeral of a Science teacher who recently lost her battle with cancer.When asked if the school will be participating in the industrial action, which commenced yesterday,Wholesale China Jerseys
, a senior teacher said that the Union had not yet communicated its plans to the school. This teacher along with a few others disclosed that they only learnt of the industrial action plan through the media.“The Union can’t operate like that. I believe that they needed to tell their members first before going to the media,Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic
,” one teacher said yesterday.At a press conference, at the Union’s Woolford Avenue, Georgetown, headquarters last week, GTU President, Mark Lyte, announced that the Union had decided to institute industrial action to retaliate Government’s non-payment of debunching monies.He said that teachers were informed through their respective Union representatives but efforts were also made to inform them by email as well. However,Cheap Jerseys From China
, he has since learnt that an internet problem at the GTU’s office had resulted in some teachers not receiving the written notification.He noted that the Union has instead decided to print the associated correspondences and hand deliver them to all schools. He is optimistic that by tomorrow the industrial action will be fully embraced by all of its members.Lyte nevertheless noted that while some teachers had expressed reluctance to participate in the planned industrial action, more than half of the Union’s 7,000 odd members had indicated their willingness to work-to-rule. Work-to-rule is characterised by teachers doing their assigned task and no more, and possibly even returning home if their working environment is not conducive enough.This publication was unable to locate a school in the city that participated in the industrial action yesterday. But according to Lyte based on information reaching the Union a number of schools, mainly in Berbice, did participate.He informed that among the schools that participated yesterday were the Lancaster Secondary School at Mahaica; Port Mourant Secondary School, Tutorial Academy, All Saints Primary and Rose Hall Primary,NFL Jerseys For Sale
, all in the Berbice locale.The industrial action move was initiated after Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon, during a meeting with Union Executives, said that Government was not in a position to honour the promised debunching payment.According to the Union officials, Dr Luncheon revealed that absolutely no money was ever budgeted for the payment of debunching monies.The debunching payment is intended to cater to the salaries of teachers, whereby, those with the same status will be paid based on their years of experience. This, for example, would ensure that a senior teacher who was trained 10 years ago will not be placed on the same salary scale as a senior master or mistress that was subsequently trained.According to Lyte,Cheap Jerseys
, the debunching payment is one that has been included in the multi-year agreement package for teachers along with salary increases, land for teachers, among other benefits. The most recent multi-year agreement will come to an end this year end.And according to the GTU President while some of the commitments in the package have not be fulfilled, among the most pressing is that of the debunching payout which is designed to benefit all teachers.And the GTU President has asserted that the industrial action which will continue indefinitely, could have a significant impact on the education system as preparations are being made to conduct the National Grade Two, Four and Nine Assessments,Cheap Jerseys USA
, but also, the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).