11 December 2019: The industrial actions at the T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) is in now in its sixth week and coincide with the end of semester examinations and the advisement on course selection for the next semester registration, that will prepare students to meet the academic requirements for their programme.
The council anticipated this critical juncture in the lives of students, made an offer on 6 December 2019, which was rejected by both the Public Workers Union (PWU) and the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT), as such, the industrial action continued.
In recognising the negative effects the continuation of the industrial actions is having on students, the council, with limited resources, made a new offer today (11 December 2019) of $1.75 million, with the hope that the unions will study and accept it, so that negotiations can continue towards a speedy settlement.
The council is committed to the payment of the increments in question and all members of the council (long-standing and new) are fully aware of the devastating effects it will have on national development if not properly managed.
The TA Marryshow Community College was established on 1 July 1988 to provide accessible quality tertiary education and training opportunities in the tri-island state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Its primary purpose is to help individuals achieve their personal and professional goals, and to effectively respond to the changing needs of the national, regional and global communities.
Augustine Vesprey, Interim Chairman, TAMCC
Proactive planning on the part of the Council could have prevented this disruption at the college. Annual budgeting, identification of gaps and strategies to close the gaps are basic tools of financial management.