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UWI/OWTU Negotiations to go into new year

For Release Upon Receipt - December 23, 2010

St. Augustine


ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad And Tobago – Principal and Pro Vice Chancellor of the St. Augustine Campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Prof Clement Sankat has reported that a meeting on December 20, between the Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU) which represents members of the Administrative and Technical Services Staff (ATSS) and UWI management went cordially, but still did not yield a settlement.

The Campus Principal expressed his “disappointment at being unable to settle this matter at this very special time of the year and before the start of the new Semester in 2011,” and reiterated that the University’s ability to place any new, improved offer was contingent upon a directive or remit from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, but that this has not occurred.

He said that despite what appears to be a deadlock in the negotiations with the OWTU at the present time, the Campus will explore all available options, including further dialogue with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, with a view to achieving a settlement early in the New Year.

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