President David Granger and top officials of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) on Monday held talks aimed at staving off another strike by teachers.
This morning, President Granger called a meeting between the Guyana Teachers Union and the Ministry of Education following efforts from the GTU mobilize teachers to resume their strike.
GTU General Secretary, Coretta Mc Donald told the media that the President offered a new set of proposals for the teachers.
“At the meeting today there were some proposals thrown on the table but the GTU has some more consultations to do and we still need to do some tidying up on both sides so we are going to meet again very soon to resolve those issues that have not been resolved so that our teachers can start smiling maybe at the end of this month, maybe in November but most likely in December,”
According to McDonald, the union would inform the government of their position by Wednesday
The union had previously rejected a GY$700 million ball-park amount for salary increases for 2018 and GY$200 million for adjusting some salary scales,
When asked by the media, if the consideration of the new offers would mean a withdrawal of the arbitration process, the McDonald said it would depend on whether the union accepts the government’s latest proposals.