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UWI and WIGUT settle amicably on revised terms and conditions

For Release Upon Receipt - July 9, 2014

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – The Management of The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. AugustineCampus and the West Indies Group of University Teachers (WIGUT), St. Augustine, have reached an amicable agreement on the revised terms and conditions for the Academic, Senior Administrative and Professional staff of the St. Augustine Campus. The agreement was signed on June 24, 2014 by the Campus Principal, Profesor Clement Sankat; Campus Registrar, Mr. Richard Saunders; Campus Bursar, Ms. Patricia Harrison; Director of Human Resources, Mr. Stephen Sheppard; President of WIGUT, Dr. Everson Peters; Vice President of WIGUT, Dr. Russel Ramsawak; Treasurer of WIGUT, Dr. Bishnu Ragoonath; and Executive Member, Mr. McColin Fontanelle.   

The Campus noted that the negotiations were conducted in a harmonious, professional manner and without recourse to the type of action that often accompanies processes such as this.  With effect from 01 August, 2011, these members of staff will benefit from a 6% increase on basic salary, structured 1% in 2011, 1% in 2012 and 4% in 2013, after adjustment, as well as inflation based adjustments to transportation and book grant allowances. 

The Management of the Campus wishes to thank WIGUT for its responsible approach in conducting these negotiations.  The well-being of the Campus, The UWI and the region was always a critical consideration for WIGUT during the negotiation process. With this type of collaboration, Campus Management foresees a continued spirit of mutual cooperation as it strives to deliver long-term value to our students and various other stakeholders.



Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal Professor Clement Sankat (left) at the signing of the agreement with President of WIGUT, Dr Everson Peters [Please click here to download]  


The West Indies Group of University Teachers (WIGUT) is recognized by The University of the West Indies as the exclusive bargaining agent for the Academic, Senior Administrative and Professional Staff.  All members of staff in those categories are eligible to be represented by the WIGUT of their campus. 

The union bargains for salaries and other terms and conditions of service of all Academic, Senior Administrative and Professional staff, and also handles grievances.  Over the last two decades, WIGUT has been able to secure sabbaticals, transportation allowances, study and travel grants, book grants, car loans, housing loans, retirement benefits, inter alia, for its members. WIGUT also plays an important role on the Housing Loan, Car Loan, Sabbatical and Health Committees. 

WIGUT’s focus is not only on industrial relations matters but also with other issues as well, for example, the maintenance and indeed, enhancement of academic standards at UWI and the academic and professional advancement of staff.   

About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website: 

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)