“Frank” discussions between GNT and Saint Lucia Teachers Union continue

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Monrose (left) speaking to teachers earlier this week

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Mar 15, CMC – The St. Lucia Teachers Union (SLTU) says it is pleased with the outcome of talks held with the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) on Thursday after teachers staged industrial action earlier this week to press demands for the resumption of wage negotiations.

“They are back in school, this is what I can tell you. I am not in a position to say that they are 100 per cent okay, but as is the norm, teachers are in school doing their very best,” SLTU president, Julian Monrose said, adding that the talks on Thursday latest three hours.

The talks followed a mandate given by teachers at a packed gathering on Monday for the union to write the GNT seeking a ‘sit down’, Monrose said.

“We met with them, we had about a three-hour meeting where we looked at the proposals for conditions of work that the union had submitted,” Monrose said, describing the talks as “frank”.

“We went through most of the items that had been proposed to government,” he said and that a further round of discussions will take place on within the next few weeks.

“On August 14, 2018, we had defended some proposals. Yesterday we went into some more,” Monrose said, without elaborating.

But he said while he was not at liberty to outline the specifics, he was nonetheless happy with the deliberations.

Earlier this week, Monrose defended the decision of the union not to accept a lump sum in lieu of the negotiations that had been offered by the government last December.

“Why did we reject the idea of the one lump sum?” One, we are not prostitutes. We are not. We are professionals and we must be treated as such. Two, which union that is worth its salt will negotiate for Christmas. So, there isn’t life after Christmas?,” he told teachers, who on Monday walked out of the classrooms to attend an emergency meeting with the union.

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