- Deductions from some teachers’ November salaries
- Permanent Secretaries and heads of department informed of deductions on 13 November
At least one female teacher at a secondary school in the north of the island has confirmed that a huge deduction was made from her salary for the month of November.
Other teachers reported having their salaries docked by more than $1,000 and are seeking redress through the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT).
This action was taken by government to dock the salaries of those teachers who were involved in a recent protest action prompted by the GUT, where teachers remained home for nearly 2 weeks in protest of a 2% gratuity payment offer.
A letter from government was issued on 13 November 2018 to all Permanent Secretaries and heads of department informing them of the deductions. Union leaders had threatened dire consequences if the government had proceeded with its threat to dock workers’ pay.
The deductions come a day after both public sector unions and the government negotiating team renewed talks on the issue of gratuity which by all indications was reported to be cordial. A joint release calling off the strike and signalling resumption of negotiations made no mention of by cutting workers’ November salary.
PWU President, Rachel Roberts confirmed to NOW Grenada that deductions were made and that they are investigating the extent of the deduction.
GUT President Lydon Lewis, was unable to be reached for comment.