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JAMAICA | PNP wants Gov't to honour agreement with Utech Staff

PNP Shadow Minister of Education, The Reverend Ronald Thwaites, M.P., PNP Shadow Minister of Education, The Reverend Ronald Thwaites, M.P.,
Kingston, Jamaica. May 3, 2019. The People’s National Party (PNP)  says it stands in solidarity with the Academic Staff of the University of Technology Jamaica (UTECH), that has taken industrial action in support of their demand for an increase in salary.

In a statement today, the PNP Shadow Minister of Education, The Reverend Ronald Thwaites, M.P., said the time for talking is over, as the University lecturers have an agreement which is not being honoured by the Government.

He said no one could question the patience and forbearance of the staff who have being waiting for over two years before taking industrial action. He said the matter was further aggravated by the fact it was obvious that the Government could find the money to properly compensate the UTECH lecturers.

The Reverend Mr. Thwaites said he was warning that the continued inaction by the Holness Administration to put the University of Technology Jamaica on a sound and fair financial footing, was causing valuable experienced teachers to leave the Institution thereby compromising the quality of its offerings to students.

The PNP Shadow Minister said now that a significant measure of financial stability has been achieved in the country, it was urgent that UTECH students and faculty must be put on an equal footing with other comparable tertiary institutions.

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  • Countries: Jamaica

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