Saint Lucia teachers turned out en masse Friday to attend a meeting summoned by their union to discuss an offer from the Government Negotiating Team (GNT), which they agreed to accept.
The President of the Saint Lucia Teachers Union (SLTU), Julian Monrose told reporters that the union had proposed an 8 percent salary increase to the government.
“The government responded with – for the first triennium offering zero, one, one with a $1,800 bonus and also back pay for the period 2018 to 2019,” Monrose explained.
“They also made a proposal of a one, one, two percentage increase for the current period 2019 to 2022 and the members decided on that,” he stated.
According to Monrose, there was no need for him to encourage the teachers.
He said they made the decision.
Monrose had earlier told the animated meeting of teachers that separate deals involving the GNT, the police and the nurses had complicated matters.
“If it has come down to twenty five cents more, I would have fought for it. But I am not taking what they took,” he said to applause from the teachers.
“To take what they took is insulting. It would mean that they negotiated for us,” the SLTU President declared.