UTT/OWTU to continue talks next Friday

Talks resumed yesterday, Wednesday, December 6, 2017 between the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) at the Ministry of Education’s Head Office at St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain. This follows an initial meeting convened at the Minister’s behest to have the two sit down to discuss the financial situation at the University amidst rumours that employees will lose their jobs.

UTT Vice chairman, Professor Clement Imbert, disclosed that there are plans to right-size the University and align its operations to international standards. President of the OWTU, Ancil Roget submitted that before the UTT advances its plans further that it submit the proposed structure along with a list of the employees who will be affected. Further, a request was made for the names and dates of engagement of all employees in the bargaining unit.

Minister Garcia in addressing the meeting called on the OWTU for their recommendations in addressing the current situation facing the University, saying “We need to hear your proposals and we are anxiously awaiting your input”.

Another meeting has been scheduled for next Friday, December 15, at the Ministry’s offices in Port of Spain.


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