Contract teachers throughout Tobago have won a constitutional motion which they had filed against the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) for their rights to all gratuity payments and all monies owing to them.
The THA has been ordered to immediately pay the teachers all outstanding payments, plus interest,
In a decision delivered in the High Court today, the teachers claimed for a declaration of inequality of treatment. They said the THA had treated them unequally—as compared to the permanent teachers in Tobago, and also unequally as compared to contract teachers in Trinidad—by paying them less and not allowing them the same amount of leave and benefits.
In his High Court judgement, Justice David Harris dismissed the claims of the teachers to be made permanent. However, he ordered that the THA breached the constitutional rights of the contract teachers to equality of treatment, by failing to pay them their outstanding gratuities.
The teachers were represented by Martin George and Company.
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