Breaking News: UG strike called off

-after unions, administration reach agreement

The strike called by University of Guyana lecturers and staff has been called off, following successful talks between the unions, the university’s administration and the Ministry of Labour earlier today.

All classes will resume on Monday as the parties have reached an agreement on the way forward, Vice-President of the UG Senior Staff Association, Melissa Ifill told reporters at the Ministry’s Brickdam office. The unions had called for a three-day strike, which was scheduled to begin on Monday.

The terms of resumption outline several actions that are to be taken and a series of meetings will commence within the week. Since the staff began industrial action four weeks ago over the firing of lecturers but which soon blossomed to include other issues affecting the university, many students have not had classes. 13 weeks are allocated for lectures in this semester. Questioned on this issue, Ifill said that some classes could be doubled while agreement would have to be reached on teaching through the semester break.

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