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Negotiations being finalised between UWI, WIGUT and OWTU

For Release Upon Receipt - November 23, 2010

St. Augustine

Following a second meeting on Monday 15th November involving the Principal of the St. Augustine Campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Clement Sankat, his senior advisers and the Minister of Finance, Winston Dookeran, and the Chief Personnel Officer, Stephanie Lewis, a presentation was made to the two bargaining units of the campus, WIGUT and OWTU.

Professor Sankat and a team of senior management officials met separately on Wednesday November 17 with WIGUT and OWTU members to outline the new remits they had been given by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for The University to consider.

At these meetings the concerns of staff and students were again raised as there was a consensus that these negotiations should now be brought to a rapid conclusion.

Professor Sankat again emphasized that the campus administration could only put on the table remits that were approved by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

“We are as anxious as the unions and the students are to have campus life resume without further disruption,” said Professor Sankat. “Now that new offers have been made, we eagerly await the response of both our bargaining units, as I am sure they too see it as a step in the right direction.”

WIGUT, the union representing academics, has advised that it will no longer withhold examination papers and Professor Sankat expressed his gratitude for this act of care.

“I have noted this gesture with considerable satisfaction and am indeed grateful to WIGUT, for agreeing to ensure that procedures as they relate to our students are not affected,” he said.

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