DAT members not in favour of Govt’s latest salary increase offer

The government’s latest proposal consists of a five percent salary increase for that period.

Speaking to state owned DBS, President of the DAT, Celia Nicholas, stated that they were informed by the government’s team that they “may wish to reconsider” the offer of 3,1, 1, that was made on December 30th 2014.

But Nicholas said prior to that offer, they held a meeting on the 12th of December with their membership and unanimously, the members accepted what was outlined in a DAT letter to government dated November 24th 2014.

The revised DAT proposal of November the 24th includes an increase of 2 percent for the 2012-2015 triennium commencing July 2012, a review of job descriptions and re-evaluation of teaching positions and the implementation of the policy decision to upgrade all positions not already upgraded by one level in the event the review and re-evaluation process does not yield the desired results. The DAT also requested the implementation of the new pace structure with effect from January 1, 2015 and that travelling officer status be assigned to the position of principal, primary and secondary schools, with effect from January 2015.

“We did inform the teachers of the revised proposal of the 24th of November with five items in it and as I said during the interim, we still got another letter informing us that there is another offer of 3,1,1,” Nicholas said. “Unanimously our teachers said they would wish to have the terms and conditions outlined in the proposal of November the 24th.

She continued, “But we did write and were informed that they need some time because with the change of government, the team involved is in a transitional period and a day and time will be communicated to us. We are still awaiting that day and time.”

Meanwhile Nicholas said they “negotiated in good faith,” and in so doing, they are leaving no teachers behind in the negotiating process, adding that “when we do operate, we do not do it just looking at the profession of teachers but at the same time we have to understand that in the literature shows that anytime special measures are put in place for the upliftment of the teacher, and teachers perform well, the students perform well and the country is the benefactor.”

The two other unions, the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) and the Police Welfare Association (PWA) have accepted this offer.

The DPSU accepted the offer “after careful analysis and for various reasons including the government’s job classification exercise” and said that it was in the best interest of public servants.

The Police Welfare Association (PWA) has accepted the proposal on condition that an overtime allowance is added to the package.


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