Vanuatu Gov ‘On Notice’ From Union Over Teacher Pay

Union said the commission failed to keep its promise following a Collective Bargaining Agreement last year that the new salary roll out will occur on June this year

By Anita Roberts

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, September 22, 2017) – The Teaching Service Commission (TSC) has received a 14-day notice to clarify and confirm, when it will be rolling out the new salary scale for teachers.

Employees will carry out a serious industrial action if TSC fails to comply with the notice, the Vanuatu Teachers Union (VTU) said in a letter emailed to TSC and copied to the Minister of Education, Jean Pierre Nirua.

This industrial action, according to the letter, is the first step of a plan approved during the latest VTU National Executive Meeting.

The 14-day period commenced on September 20 and will lapse on October 10.

VTU made it clear that it wants to see the implementation of the new salary structure before 2018.

The letter stated: “We want the new salary structure roll out before beginning of 2018 and our 2017 and 2018 retirees be included in the two month’s severance pay.

“Teachers should be valued and be placed on the front line with the new government salary structure, however the commission tends to make false promises and turn blind eyes on employees who develop human resources for our country”.

The letter was addressed by the VTU President on behalf of 1, 100 VTU members to the TSC Chairman and Secretary General.

VTU President Willie Abiut said the commission failed to keep its promise following a Collective Bargaining Agreement with VTU and the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) last year that the new salary roll out will occur on June this year.

“We are giving the commission 14 days notice to come clear with concrete facts and inform us, as to when exactly this will happen,” he said.

Meanwhile, TSC Chairman, Derek Alexander, denied receiving the notice in an interview with Buzz 96 FM.

He said the commission hopes to roll out the teacher’s new salary scale this year, but he cannot confirm an exact date.

“We (the commission) are waiting on the Government Remuneration Tribunal (GRT) to come back to us,” he added.

Chairman Alexander said they have done all the works and the structure has been passed to the GRT, under the Prime Minister’s Office and pending final approval.

The new salary scale will see an increment on teacher’s salary based on experience and qualification, said the TSC Chairman.

The structure covers everyone in the teaching profession-from early childhood, primary, secondary and Post-Secondary Education (PSE) teachers, to primary school heads, writers, trainers, examiners, coordinators, curriculum designers, deans and advisors in PSE training.

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Thank you for what have been done so far. It is best for these people responsible should really consider their recommendations on raising teachers salary. Seems that they don't know what they are doing. Information presented to public should be taken seriously because it will return in another form.

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