Published On: Tue, Aug 15th, 2017

Teachers on strike till demands are met

SitekWILLEMSTAD - The union representing teachers Sitek, has announced that they will be on strike on the first day of school. They will call off this strike only if their 48 demands are met. This is what the teachers announced to Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath last night.

The Prime Minister, together with Minister of Education Alcalá-Wallé, Minister of Government Services Konket (MAN), PAR faction leader Pauletta and some policy staff members went to Sitek's headquarters last night to listen to the teachers and try to reach an agreement.

The Prime Minister indicated that he shared the concerns about the ongoing problems in the education sector. “This despite the fact that last year's Minister of Education signed a covenant to address a large number of issues in education, I understand that this is very unsatisfactory,” said the Prime Minister.

Last Sunday, members of Sitek decided in an extraordinary meeting that, if the government did not immediately implement the 48 points of the trade union negotiation package, they will not work on the first day of school which is Thursday August 17. The members also threatened not to go to work as long as the government decree has not been signed by the minister. The government decree must be signed for the formalization of the covenant signed by Sitek in 2016 with the then Minister of Education, Irene Dick.

The Cabinet-Rhuggenaath is aware of its responsibility to give education priority, according to the Prime Minister. Education Minister Alcalá-Wallé announced before the meeting last night that there is an agreement with Minister of Finance Kenneth Gijsbertha on the payment of the Christmas gratification to the teachers. She also agreed to draft the protocol for school bus drivers required by the trade union.

Premier Rhuggenaath asked the teachers to remain calm in order to reach an agreement.

Photo: Mariano Heyden

Click Tag(s) for Related Articles: