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GTU to meet Govt today on salary impasse

first_img– fresh counterproposals expectedA team of executive members of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) headed by its President, Mark Lyte, will be heading into another round of discussions with Government today.Lyte had initially expressed concerns over statements made by Education Minister Nicolette Henry on Wednesday in relation to the issues between the two entities.The GTU President also claimed that the Minister’s statement on the negotiations was “laced with inaccuracies”, as he explained that there was never any plan for a follow-up meeting.“The Union having looked at the counterproposal indicated what we were in agreement with and what we didn’t agree with. Some were withdrawn, and we said we wouldn’t pursue them,” he said.However, Lyte argued that there was no plan for a follow-up meeting, because at the end of the last one on Thursday, August 9, the idea was for the Union toEducation Minister Nicolette Henryaccept what they had on the table.He said, “Whether in the minds of Government, it was implied; the Union cannot work on implied meanings. What was said at the table is this is what Government can afford…the ballpark figure.”Lyte maintained that there was no plan for a follow-up and consideration given to coming up with another figure. “The (Education) Ministry never offered that option,” he emphasised.Further, the GTU President believes that the ballpark figure was disrespectful to teachers, “because if you look at it, that figure divided among 10,000 teachers, we were not talking about a multi-year payout, we were talking about a one-year payout.”He reasoned that had the GTU accepted that proposal, that money would have amounted to $5000 per teacher per month across the board for one year.“So what happens to 2016 to 2020? We could not have accepted that ballpark figure. The other ballpark figure that was on offer was debunching,” he added.The GTU official said that the Union has been engaging the Administration about debunching that is outstanding with an agreement that was established since 2011.“We believe one Government inherits what another Government had signed and, therefore, we hold this Government responsible for paying debunching,” he stated.Lyte noted that Government was requesting that the Union forget about that agreement and agree to a debunching payoff of $200 million for 2018-19. “Now that is disrespectful!” he said.The GTU on Tuesday received correspondence from Minister Henry with an invitation outlining that there was to be a follow-up meeting and the Union now had to justify what it was proposing.The GTU President said that that was discussed in the task force set up for that purpose, and there was a green document that the task force would have created with the justifications.Having looked at the contents of the letter, Lyte said the Union had to seek some clarity from the Minister before it agreed to have discussions surrounding the issue.“We already know what we proposed, what was accepted and recommended by the task force … So what is being put to the table has no bearing to what was discussed in the task force? So why did we meet in the task force in the first placeGTU President Mark Lytefor five months?” he questioned.Lyte continued, “These are all the questions that cause us not to want to trust the Administration to go to the extent to say we are going to the table again. To do what?On Monday, the GTU circulated a letter to inform its members that they were not to report for pre-term activities until further notice, as it mobilised teachers for a planned strike. The Union has also urged head teachers to also begin handing over school keys to the respective regional education officials.Lyte told this newspaper on Tuesday that a majority of teachers were against the Administration’s “unreasonable” proposals brought to the Union. The GTU Head added that for now, a “full out” strike has not begun, but if nothing came to the table, there would be picketing and later, several marches.The Union Head envisions that 90 per cent of teachers in the public schools were ready to support the GTU’s move.Negotiations have been ongoing since 2015 when the Multi-Year Agreement came to an end.The meeting between both parties is expected to take place at 14:00h at the Ministry.last_img read more

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L.A. council seeks gang prevention

first_imgThere are an estimated 40,000 gang members within the city and 90,000 countywide. In the discussion, two council members, Bernard Parks and Jan Perry, revived their concerns over the three-day, 12-hour work schedule approved for more officers. The two said they want a report on what it would take to change the work schedule only at police stations within their districts – drawing a loud protest from Councilman Jack Weiss. Weiss said he would fight any effort to change the 3-12 plan because of the support it has from police officers. “Eliminating the 3-12 schedule is exactly the wrong thing to do when we are adding 1,000 new officers to LAPD, when we are working every day to find new recruits and be competitive with other police departments in the area,” Weiss said. Parks, who fought the change in work schedule when he was police chief, said he is concerned it has reduced the number of officers on patrol, resulted in higher overtime costs and jeopardized some communities by the need to shift officers to other parts of the city to respond to calls. Paysinger noted it is part of the contract negotiated with the Los Angeles Police Protective League and could not be changed by city officials. “We are not sure why council members Parks and Perry want to tamper with a system that is working well,” said Tim Sands, president of the league. “Returning to a less-flexible schedule will not reduce overtime, will not reduce crime and will push experienced officers to request changes in assignments to other divisions.” Parks also said he believes city government needs to look beyond the LAPD to solve its crime problems. Library programs and Department of Recreation and Parks activities, for example, can play roles in keeping young people from joining gangs, Parks said. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo outlined his office’s efforts to crack down on gangs with injunctions as well as to work with young people before they become gang members. Deputy city attorneys are assigned to schools and to an active program through the courts to identify young people susceptible to joining gangs. rick.orlov@dailynews.com 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsCouncilman Tony C rdenas, who chairs the council’s ad hoc committee on gangs, said he will prepare recommendations for next year’s budget. “We made a promise to the taxpayers that we will have accountability at every level,” C rdenas said. “We need to develop programs that convince young people to do more than say no to drugs. They need to say no to gangs.” Officials agreed they need to do more with prevention programs, particularly to promote a better relationship with Los Angeles Unified School District leaders to use after-school programs to keep young people from joining gangs. Paysinger said the LAPD has promoted closer relations with other agencies, particularly the county Probation Department, to work with gang members and offer alternatives to gangs. At the same time, the LAPD has stepped up its enforcement efforts this year, with top-10 lists of the worst gangs and the worst gang members, and gang crimes, particularly gang homicides, have been reduced, Paysinger said. Told by a police official that residents are “hungry to be free from the scourge of generations of gang violence,” the Los Angeles City Council explored ways Wednesday to keep young people from joining gangs and to find a path for members to leave and rejoin society. In a rare meeting dedicated to a single topic, the council said public safety is a top priority and largely depends on suppressing gangs and keeping young people from joining them. The council heard Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger of the Los Angeles Police Department declare the public hungry to be free of gangs. “All of us have gotten that call where we hear some young person has been shot to death by an errant bullet or stabbed, and we feel helpless,” Council President Eric Garcetti said. “We console families. We pay for funerals. We go to candlelight vigils. “We spend our days talking to family members and mothers, trying to console them. We speak to those who are too afraid to speak out themselves, who sit in shuttered rooms because they are too afraid to go out.” last_img read more

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