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UTech lecturers' sickout enters third day

Lebert Langley, President of the University of Technology Academic Staff Union and Jevon Reid, Director of Communications for the Jamaica Union of Tertiary Students
 
With no response from the Ministries of Finance or Education regarding their complaints, some lecturers at the University of Technology (UTech) remain off the job.
 
Lebert Langley, President of the University of Technology Academic Staff Union, says since the UTech administration's attempt to meet failed on Tuesday, there has been no follow-up request. 
 
The lecturers started calling in sick on Tuesday to register their fustration with the delay by the ministries to begin implementing salary adjustments and to increase the subvention support to the university.
 
Mr. Langley told RJR News Thursday morning that the academic employees are holding out for implementation. 
 
He said the salary adjustment was agreed in the 2015-2017 heads of agreement signed in May last year.
 
This came after an eight year wait.
 
Lost class time
 
Meanwhile, the Jamaica Union of Tertiary Students has said it stands in solidarity with the UTech Students' Union for students to be compensated for lost class time arising from the sickout.
 
Jevon Reid, Director of Communications for the Jamaica Union of Tertiary Students, said while the union is in support of the lecturers' bid for outstanding remuneration, too many contact hours have been lost.
 
"It directly impacts the quality of education that our students are able to access; and at the same time, we request that the issue be amicably resolved in the soonest possible time, so as to prevent any further disturbances in the scheduled interaction time between students and lecturers," he urged. 
 


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