Utech lecturers and administrative staff say compensation packages would result in some workers going home with less pay

Lecturers and Administrative Staff at the University of Technology (UTECH) say the compensation packages being offered to them do not align with the established principles of the compensation review exercise.

This, as they claim it would result in some workers going home with less pay.

The staff staged silent protests on Monday morning at UTECH’s St. Andrew and St. James campuses to press the University and Government to reconsider the wage deals being offered to them.

Some protesters also went to the offices of the Ministries of Finance and Education.

The protests follow the recent rejection of the Government’s latest offers by the University of Technology Academic Staff Union (UTASU) and the University of Technology Administrative Staff Union (UTASA).

Speaking to IRIE FM News, UTASU’s Public Relations Officer, Dr. Tashieka Burris-Melville said when the Government implemented its restructuring exercise, it established critical principles to ensure simplicity, fairness and equity in the rewarding of performances in the public sector.

She noted, however, that the Government’s latest wage offer to the UTECH staff falls short of meeting these principles.

Dr. Burris-Melville said this has resulted in a disconnect between the Government’s intended framework and the reality faced by staff.

She said the hope is that the Government will engage the staff in dialogue which will ultimately lead to fruitful results.

She stressed that the staff are not on strike and that Monday’s protests would have no impact on scheduled classes.

There are no planned protests for Tuesday.


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