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Guyana: Government decides to stop deducting union fees from teachers’ salaries for GTU with immediate effect

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(News Source Guyana) As teachers across the country entered day two of their strike action which has been initiated by the Guyana Teachers’ Union, the Government of Guyana through the Ministry of Education has decided discontinue the deduction of the $700 per month fee from the salaries of teachers for the union.

Over the years, while acting as an agent of the GTU, the Government would deduct the union fees from salaries of teachers who are members of the union, and pay that money over to the union for its representation of the teachers.

In a letter to the President of the Guyana Teachers’ Union carrying today’s date, the Permanent Secretary of the Education Ministry, Shannielle Hoosein-Outar, stated that the ongoing strike by teachers is illegal and in wake of the strike action, the Government of Guyana has decided that with immediate effect, it will no longer provide the service to the GTU of deducting the union fees from the salaries of the teachers and paying that over to the union.

The Permanent Secretary said the Government’s decision is based on the union’s conduct in calling the strike action and getting teachers to go on strike.

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