UTech staff agree to settle salary dispute

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Academic staff at University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to accept the management’s proposal to end their long-standing salary adjustment dispute.

University of Technology, Jamaica Academic Staff Union (UTASU) President Lebert Langley said: “Although the proposal falls well short of the union’s expectations, in the interest of industrial peace and in good faith, the union will go forward under the following conditions.”

He said that the new salary scales and the retroactive payment for the current financial year (2019/20) must be paid to academic staff by July, 2019.

The UTASU president also stipulated that the retroactive payment for the financial year 2018/19 be paid to academic staff by October, 2019.

Langley also said that the payments for the financial years 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 should be paid by May 2020.

“Although the welfare of academic staff is important and should be properly addressed, it was the union’s desire to cause as little disruption as possible to the lives of students and other parties connected with UTech, Jamaica,” Langley also said.

The resolution of the protracted dispute followed a meeting with teams from the ministries of Finance and the Public Service (MoFPS) and Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI), chaired by Dr Nigel Clarke at the Ministry of Finance on Friday, May 10.

The management of the university led by President Professor Stephen Vasciannie then made a proposal to the UTASU, as a means to resolve the issue. The proposal was accepted in good faith by the union.

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