10% for 2016, 8% for 2018 – Teachers get new pay increase offer


Following the intervention of President David Granger, the Ministry of Education has made a new offer to Teachers for salary increases.

A statement posted on the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) Facebook page Monday revealed that Minister of Education Nicolette Henry offered a 10% increase for 2016 and 8% for 2018.

According to the GTU, Minister Henry also indicated that there is an offer of $350 million to settle debunching for the period 2011-2018 and Teachers will be placed in scales as of January 2019.

The new offer also revealed payments for debunching and 2018 will be made in December while retroactive 2016 increase will be made in January 2019.

The GTU is currently seeking feedback from its members before agreeing to the new offer.

President Granger met with the GTU executive members Monday following months of deadlock between the union and the Education Ministry, which eventually led to a countrywide strike action by Teachers.

The GTU had rejected the Government’s initial offer of $700M to be divided among roughly 10,000 persons and had instead proposed 40% across the board increase for 2016 and a single digit increase for the years onward until 2020.

The union had said it was prepared to accept less than the 40%.

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