The union representing teachers is sticking with its position that the external labour market survey should be used as the benchmark for determining increases in salaries.

It’s a point expressed by the President of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association, Roustan Job, in an interview today.

Teachers are among several groups involved in negotiations with Chief Personnel Officer, Stephanie Lewis, for better salaries.

They engaged in several protest action claiming they will not settle for a five percent increase if it is offered by the CPO.

Government has insisted it cannot pay more money to public servants at this time due to the economic position but is willing to revisit the matter when the situation improves.

Commenting on the topic Mr. Job reinforced the union’s point the external labour market survey remain as a key factor in the bargaining process.


TUTTA’s Second Vice President, Orville Carrington, defending the survey claiming it has been a critical element used during negotiations in the past.

TTUTA’s Second Vice President, Orville Carrington