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Negotiations between The UWI St. Augustine Campus and the Oilfield Workers Trade Union

For Release Upon Receipt - February 4, 2020

St. Augustine

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal at The UWI St. Augustine Campus, Professor Brian Copeland revealed that the University remains committed to make the initial payment of back pay to employees by the end of March 2020 for all active Administrative, Technical and Service Staff (ATSS) and Daily and Weekly Rated Workers.

Last Wednesday, January 29 the Senior Management Team at the 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.

Additionally, The UWI is pursuing the recovery of the GATE receivables from the relevant agencies, as this is required to fund the back pay.


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

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