Tuesday, December 18, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: CPO and T&TUTA Reach agreement

The Chief Personnel Officer (CPO) and the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (T&TUTA) have reached an agreement on revised salaries and other terms and conditions of employment applicable to officers of the Teaching Service represented by T&TUTA for the period October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2011.

During meetings leading up to the agreement, the parties undertook a comprehensive review of the methodology used to revise salaries since the implementation of the results of a Job Evaluation Exercise for the Teaching Service in 2000. 

During the negotiations, agreement was reached on: 

• Principles to be observed in the revision of salaries 

• Benchmarks and comparator positions to be used in the conduct of the salary survey

• Organisations to be surveyed

• Salaries of comparator jobs in the External Labour Market 

• The steps to be employed in determining actual revised salaries for members of the Teaching Service.

The agreement provides for Teachers in Grades 3 and 4 of the Compensation Plan to receive 83% and 82%, respectively, of the Full Market Salaries. The existing salary differentials between the other grades were then maintained. 

The Parties have also agreed to a new Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) of $125, $125, $145 per month in years 1 to 3 of the agreement respectively. 

A revised Commuted Travelling Allowance of $600 per month has been agreed to for all Principals and Vice Principals and the payment of this Allowance has been extended to all Senior Teachers. 

The parties have agreed to continue to work in the best interest of education and the nation and in this regard discussions in respect of the 2011 – 2014 negotiation period are to commence by the end of January 2013.

Reproduce from CCNTV6. 

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