UTech staff agree to settle salary dispute

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Print this page Email A Friend!

Academic staff at University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to accept the management's proposal to end their long-standing salary adjustment dispute.

University of Technology, Jamaica Academic Staff Union (UTASU) President Lebert Langley said: “Although the proposal falls well short of the union's expectations, in the interest of industrial peace and in good faith, the union will go forward under the following conditions.”

He said that the new salary scales and the retroactive payment for the current financial year (2019/20) must be paid to academic staff by July, 2019.

The UTASU president also stipulated that the retroactive payment for the financial year 2018/19 be paid to academic staff by October, 2019.

Langley also said that the payments for the financial years 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 should be paid by May 2020.

“Although the welfare of academic staff is important and should be properly addressed, it was the union's desire to cause as little disruption as possible to the lives of students and other parties connected with UTech, Jamaica,” Langley also said.

The resolution of the protracted dispute followed a meeting with teams from the ministries of Finance and the Public Service (MoFPS) and Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI), chaired by Dr Nigel Clarke at the Ministry of Finance on Friday, May 10.

The management of the university led by President Professor Stephen Vasciannie then made a proposal to the UTASU, as a means to resolve the issue. The proposal was accepted in good faith by the union.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon