A proposal by the management of The University of the West Indies (UWI) for the reduction in emoluments and benefits to staff across its campuses has been dismissed by the West Indies Group of University Teachers (WIGUT) “in no uncertain terms”.
In a letter to its members dated June 15, 2020, a copy of which has been obtained by the Jamaica Observer, WIGUT Jamaica said that it has rejected the university's proposal in the same way its other branches across the region have.
I am writing to state WIGUT (Jamaica's) position in respect of a proposal from the university management, through the vice chancellor, to the WIGUTs (at all campuses),” WIGUT Jamaica President Professor Paul Brown said in the letter.
At these meetings, WIGUT Jamaica stated, in no uncertain terms, that the proposal made by university management, through the vice chancellor, is rejected outright.
“In fact, WIGUT Jamaica at no time agreed to negotiate with the university management concerning a reduction in any of the emoluments, including benefits such as leave, etc currently enjoyed by staff,” the president said.