Thursday 16 July, 2020

Bunting urges Gov't to bring industrial action at UTech to an end

Peter Bunting

Peter Bunting

Opposition Spokesperson on Education, Peter Bunting is calling on the government to "move urgently" towards bringing to an end the industrial action by academic staff members of the University of Technology (UTech). 

UTech staff members have been on strike since last Friday over the non-payment of retroactive salaries which have been outstanding for some time.

In a news release, Bunting urged the government to commit to a specific timetable regarding the retroactive salary payments.

“The UTech students have now missed one week of lectures and the graduation exercise scheduled for this weekend may not include the traditional participation of the members of the faculty. Any prolongation of this industrial action will place an unreasonable burden on students and their missed lectures will be difficult to make up,” Bunting said, arguing that the academic staff has been very patient in their efforts to access the improved benefits negotiated for the 2015-2016 contract period.

He added that "their forbearance is also evidenced by the fact that there is no agreement for the 2017-2019 contract period which has already ended.

“In all the circumstances, it must be concluded that the resolution of the UTech Academic Staff contract is being treated with low priority by the Ministries of Finance and Education," Bunting said.

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