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UTech union optimistic dispute nearing end
2013-10-02 08:45:15 | (0 Comments)
Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
Ronald Thwaites - File
One of the unions at the University of Technology (UTech) is expressing optimism that their dispute with the administration is close to an end.
The three unions met with Education Minister Ronald Thwaites yesterday to discuss their concerns, which included the treatment of staff and governance issues at the university.
There has been tension between the unions and the university following a protest last Thursday, which disrupted classes.
The relationship was further strained after the unions placed a full-page advertisement in The Sunday Gleaner declaring that they had no confidence in the Utech administration.
The university later threatened to take action against the unions over what it said were attempts to discredit the institution.
UTech staff union secretary Meredith Williams, says the parties had frank discussions yesterday where the Education Minister indicated his plans and addressed the concerns.
In a statement last night, the education ministry said Thwaites will be meeting with members of the UTech Council today after which he would announce measures to address the concerns of all parties.
And the ministry says it expects normal operations to continue at the university.
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