By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A number of government schools across the country are expected to be closed from today (Monday, May 04) due to the industrial action planned by the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU), over government’s non-payment of debunching monies.
The debunching payment is intended to cater to the salaries of teachers, whereby those with the same status will be paid based on their years of experience.
This would, for example, ensure that a senior teacher who was trained 10 years ago will not be placed on the same salary scale as a senior master or mistress that was subsequently trained.
President of the GTU, Mark Lyte told iNews during a telephone interview that a number of schools were seeking further clarification on the ‘work-to-rule’ action which was provided and as a result those schools will be joining the union’s call for better working conditions in the form of industrial action.
Teachers will go to work each day as per norm but can leave after reporting faulty conditions to their Head Teachers. Guyanese will go to the polls in eight days to choose a new government and in this regard, Lyte made it clear that this action no elections gimmick.
The ‘work-to-rule’ action will see teachers performing only their assigned task. The union has informed the Permanent Sectary of the Ministry of Education, Labour Minister and the Office of the President of its plans by way of letter.
Lyte told iNews that the education ministry has not shown any interest in stopping its industrial action. The action is likely to continue indefinitely until such time that teachers are afforded the monies owed to them.
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.