Teachers in Grenada have announced they will be taking further action against the Keith Mitchell-led government in their dispute over the non-payment of the 4% salary increase that should have become effective at the end of January.
In a bulletin sent out today, the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT) announced that most of the nation’s schools will be left unattended for one-hour from May 17 as teachers will be off the compound to take their one-hour lunch time.
This is the latest form of protest from GUT which has vowed to keep pressing ahead with its demands for the ruling New National Party (NNP) government to honour the agreement signed with public sector unions for payment of the salary increase.
Prime Minister Mitchell has said that due to falling revenues from Covid-19, the government cannot afford to pay the teachers and other public sector employees before December 30, 2021.
The GUT release comes against the backdrop of the interrogation of its President, Jude Bartholomew by the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) three weeks ago on the series of 4% street marches by teachers.
The union is also concerned about the decision of the authorities to send out para-military forces on the streets to intimidate the protesting teachers.
As a public service, THE NEW TODAY reproduces the latest bulletin sent out by GUT to its members: