According to the organization’s president, Mark Lyte, the demonstration and other forms of industrial action will continue until the government meets the demands presented by the sector regarding membership fees.
Despite the government’s responses, the union maintains that there is enough evidence to show the tangible benefits that teachers will get from their monthly contribution and has rejected the government’s proposals to wait until 2027 for the best progress.
The whole country is paralyzed because we see that the schools are not working as they should. We need to ensure the future of our generation, and it is urgent that the government respond to the concerns of our teachers. Lyte urged the need to solve the concerns of teachers. without delay.
Dozens of teachers demanding higher salaries protested in front of the headquarters of the Ministry of Education for the sixth day, although not all of them were active in the streets, because less education is taught in schools, the representative of the union said.
Since 2020, the Union has led a proposal for a multi-year agreement that includes salary increases and believes that the talks have failed because the process should go to arbitration, but the Ministries of Education and Labor continued that the review is still ongoing.
Due to the current situation, the Ministry of Education issued a statement informing the striking teachers of discounts for unauthorized absences from the classrooms, and, in response, the Union assured that they had a legal challenge in addition to the government’s decision to suspend the reduction of fees.