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WIGUT settles on five per cent
Following weeks of protest action, the West Indies Group of University Teachers (WIGUT) finally settled for a five per cent salary increase yesterday. They will get one per cent for 2008, two per cent for 2009 and two per cent for 2010. The increase was signed by WIGUT’s president, Dr Godfrey Steele, and principal of the St Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Clement Sankat.
The Government Information Services said both parties agreed to re-examine arrangements for future negotiations before the start of the next rounds of talks. Finance Minister Winston Dookeran said he hailed the settlement as exciting news, taking into consideration the ongoing wage negotiations between the Chief Personnel Officer and the Public Services Association.
WIGUT was first offered 0-0-1 per cent for the period 2008-2010 but it rejected it, asking instead for an offer in parity with its counterparts at Cave Hill and Mona Campuses. They were offered 14.5 per cent and 27.5 per cent respectively. WIGUT’s protest action had taken a drastic turn when lecturers withheld examination papers for UWI students. The Students’ Guild condemned their action and took counter protest action.
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