GTU presents new proposal, says gov’t inflexible

The government team at the meeting yesterday (Ministry of Education photo)
The government team at the meeting yesterday (Ministry of Education photo)

Though the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) again failed to reach an agreement on ending a prolonged strike at yesterday’s meeting under the auspices of the Ministry of Labour, the union has put forth a proposal for a new multi-year agreement, to be completed within 30 days.

The meeting ended with the ministry promising to consider the proposal and their decision would determine whether or not talks will resume at another date.

The multi-year proposal would now span the years 2022 to 2025, a timeframe the union had previously hinted at for a compromise. Previously the union had called for negotiations to cover 2019 to 2024. It has now removed 2019, 2020 and 2021 from the equation. There was no word from the government yesterday on this proposal.  The government has stuck to the position that talks will only be held from 2024.