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Update on Negotiations between The UWI St. Augustine Campus and the OWTU

For Release Upon Receipt - January 31, 2020

St. Augustine

Yesterday, the Senior Management Team of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) St. Augustine Campus and the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) met to continue discussions related to the processing of the back pay for Administrative, Technical and Service Staff (ATSS) and Daily and Weekly Rated Workers. These discussions were productive, and focused on possible approaches for effecting timely payment to these employees. During the meeting, in order to expedite the funding process the parties agreed to sign a copy of both the Daily and Monthly paid collective agreements.

The UWI is aggressively pursuing the recovery of the GATE receivables from the relevant agencies, as this is required to fund the back pay. The University remains committed to make the initial payment to employees by the end of March 2020 for all active Administrative, Technical and Service Staff (ATSS) and Daily and Weekly Rated Workers. 




About The UWI

For more than 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students across five campuses: Cave Hill in Barbados; Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda; Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago; and an Open Campus. Times Higher Education has ranked The UWI among the top 1,258 universities in world for 2019, and the 40 best universities in its Latin America Rankings for 2018 and 2019. The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists.

As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa including the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development; the Canada-Caribbean Studies Institute with Brock University; the Strategic Alliance for Hemispheric Development with Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES); The UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies and the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. For more, visit