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

For Release Upon Receipt - February 20, 2020

St. Augustine

Yesterday, the Senior Management Team at the 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.

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal at The UWI St. Augustine Campus, Professor Brian Copeland updated the meeting that the calculations for all basic and active staff of the UWI St. Augustine Campus, the UWI Open Campus and the Hugh Wooding Law School were well underway and will be completed at the end of February. An initial payment of the back pay will be made on the pay dates for March: March 26th, 2020 for monthly paid staff and March 27th, 2020 for daily paid staff.

Principal Copeland indicated that funding of the full payment of back pay is heavily reliant on the receipt of GATE receivables. Discussions between the Campus and the Government are ongoing and the application for these receivables was submitted. The Campus Senior Management Team met with the Ministry of Finance today and will continue to update on the matter.  




About The UWI

For over 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI has 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 and four campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, and an Open Campus. 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 Centre 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. Times Higher Education 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. The UWI was the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists.  For more, visit

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