UTECH Staff Ends Industrial Action


After an eight-day strike, classes will resume today at the University of Technology, UTech.

The industrial action was taken by members of the UTech Jamaica Academic Staff Union, UTASU.

The disgruntled lecturers stayed out of the classroom because of a dispute over the non-payment of retroactive salaries.

UTech’s President, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, says he was informed last evening of the academic staff union’s decision to return to work.

Professor Stephen Vasciannie, President of UTech.

Up to news time, it was unclear what provisions were agreed upon which resulted in the academic staff deciding to return to work.

Calls placed to the President of UTASU, Lebert Langley, went unanswered.

The academic staff union went on strike on October 25 in protest over the non-payment of retroactive sums.

Meanwhile, President of the Students’ Union, Khalil Hutchinson, says the student’s are happy about the resumption of classes.

Mr. Hutchinson says the student’s union is to meet with the university to discuss possible ways of remedying the lost class hours.

Khalil Hutchinson, president of UTech’s Students’ Union.

Both were speaking with Nationwide News last evening.

William Mitchell is a sports-fanatic turned journalist. He graduated from CARIMAC in 2016. He interned at the Jamaica Gleaner covering sports and joined NNN in 2017. Mitchell covers crime for Nationwide. He’s been to every single zone of special operations across the island.

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