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St. Maarten teachers' union says Cost of Living Adjustment should be included in 2013 budget

WEDNESDAY, 06 FEBRUARY 2013

~ Issue a priority for union ~

PHILIPSBURG–The Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) says government should include the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) payment for teachers and civil servants in the 2013 budget and work out the details later.
President of WITU Claire Elshot told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday that this issue will be high on the union’s agenda this year as many teachers have already started to ask about their 2011 and 2012 COLA payment.

Talks on the sustainability of the payment had started with General Affairs Minister Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Elshot said the union is awaiting information on the continuation of the payment in a sustainable way.
She said issues such as this need to be clear as teachers would lose their patience after a while and the union does not want a repeat of the situation that had occurred in the past obviously referring to the protests and meetings that teachers had held in the past pressing for the payment of this allowance.

The union President said plans had to be drafted on the sustainability of COLA and this matter was still outstanding. She said the various unions representing civil servants and teachers are awaiting the draft proposal so that they can give their input on this matter.

“Now we are in 2013 and our members are looking for payment of the 2011 and 2012 COLA,” she said.

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