Lecturers at the University of Technology (UTech) who went on sick out for three days are to return to work today.
They started calling in sick on Tuesday to register their frustration with the delay by the Finance and Education Ministries to begin implementing salary adjustments and increase subvention support to the university.
President of the University of Technology Academic Staff Union, Lebert Langley, warned that while the lecturers will resume duties they remain restive. He says they have taken the interest of the students into consideration. The union says the salary adjustment was agreed in the 2015-2017 heads of agreement signed in May last year. This came after an eight year wait.
And the Education Ministry has given a commitment to review and examine in more detail the issue of subventions and funding higher education. Minister of Education, Senator Ruel Reid, states that this is part of the whole reform of how higher education is funded.
Senator Reid explains that the funding arrangements between UWI and UTECH are different, so the approach and calculations vary.