Teachers Protest in Trinidad and Tobago Teachers in Trinidad and Tobago are continuing with their long standing fight for a decent salary Between 80% and 90% of teachers heeded the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) call to stay away from school yesterday. The teachers have lost patience at the slow progress of negotiations for a fair salary which have been dragging on for nearly three years. The Vice-President of TTUTA, Davanand Sinanan, told the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian:  “We perform a vital function and when teachers decided to become teachers they did not take a vow of poverty as some people want to insinuate." If the government do not improve their offer, TTUTA are planning a mass demonstration of teachers through the capital Port of Spain. "We want to paint Port of Spain red," said Sinanan. Commenting on previous action in the same cause by TTUTA in September, the Trinidad paper Newsday said: "It’s a tough vocation, to daily keep discipline and convey knowledge to four or five classes of up to 40 pupils day after day, and do more and more paperwork for the CSEC and CAPE Exams. Teaching remains one of the worst-paid professions for a university graduate. Many teachers said it was a tough decision to stay home, and possibly jeopardise their charges’ education, even as many also vowed to try to make up for the lost time by setting pupils extra work or even hoping to hold a Saturday class later in the month.” Teachers in Trinidad and Tobago have not had a pay rise since 2008, despite soaring inflation.