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Workers at teachers' lending society TIP vow more protests

Published:Friday | August 29, 2014 | 9:35 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Workers at the Teachers Income Protector (TIP) Friendly Society have vowed to continue protests, as they demand a better wage offer from the entity’s board.

TIP is similar to a cooperative credit union and provides loans and other welfare services to teachers.

The University and Allied Workers’ Union (UAWU) which represents the 67 employees, says the protest started last Friday and will continue until the board responds favourably.

UAWU vice-president, Garfield Harvey, says a four per cent increase in wages was rejected as unacceptable, especially given the millions spent on the board.

According to him, the board incurs about $20 million per year, in expenses but is proposing to give workers an increase that would only result in an additional $900 per week.

Harvey says workers have been doing their jobs, but its likely the protests will intensify.

The UAWU says the TIP board is proposing an increase of $4.6 million over 24 months.

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