Threat of strike action at UWI Mona withdrawn
KINGSTON, Jamaica— The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus said that the strike action that was threatened to take place on Friday has been withdrawn.
Recently, the university warned that the academic, senior administrative and professional staff, represented by the West Indies Group of University Teachers (WIGUT) Jamaica were prepared to begin industrial action over demands for the payment of interim pay increases, while a compensation review takes place.
In a news release on Friday, the university said that the strike threat was withdrawn following a meeting on Thursday with representatives of the university’s Senior Management team, Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke, Education Minister Fayval Williams and the three unions representing UWI staff.
“A mechanism was put in place to work out an interim salary adjustment to be presented to the Minister of Finance and the Public Service by the end of January for consideration. The interim salary adjustment will subsist until a comprehensive salary review is completed,” UWI said in the release.
It added: “The UWI Mona acknowledges the importance of addressing the concerns raised by its valued faculty and staff members and is committed to fostering dialogue towards sustainable solutions seeking an amicable resolution.”
Professor Densil A Williams, principal and pro vice-chancellor of The UWI Mona Campus expressed gratitude to the ministers who assisted in the negotiations with the unions and praised the unions for their conduct in order to reach the interim solution.
“We value the contributions of our academic and administrative staff and are dedicated to ensuring that their well-being is looked after to ensure a caring, accountable, motivated and professional team,” Professor Williams said.