By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) is threatening to intensify its ‘work to rule’ industrial action to a full blown strike post elections if its demands are not met by government, according to the President of the Union, Mark Lyte.
This move by the GTU follows government’s non-payment of debunching monies, where are intended to cater to the salaries of teachers, whereby those with the same status will be paid based on their years of experience.
“GTU intends to intensify with time and this is just the beginning and we’re hoping that after the election period once we don’t hear anything positive, we may even go towards having teachers remain at home for a period to send a stronger message,” Lyte told iNews during a telephone interview on Wednesday, May 06.
The ‘work to rule’ action means that teachers will go to work each day as per norm but can leave after reporting faulty conditions to their Head Teachers. Teachersare only performing their assigned task.
Lyte noted that already the impact of their ‘work to rule’ move is being felt by a number of schools across the country, as he noted that students are being sent home and in some cases parents have been called in to assist schools with the supervision of classrooms after some teachers left.
“The teachers are just doing what they are required to do, which is in effect what the work to rule speak to, teachers turn up to work, they are working as per normal and where facilities are not in place we find that some teachers have opted to go home, like to use the washrooms and so on when its inadequate.”
The GTU President further noted that the Education Ministry has not shown any interest in stopping the industrial action. The GTU met government spokesman, Dr Roger Luncheon about two weeks ago, when they were informed of government’s inability to honour the debunching payment, a promise that was first made 10 years ago.