JTA President Paul Adams addressing a teachers' meeting Graduate teachers in Trinidad and Tobago are taking protest action over their salaries as are teachers in Jamaica Over 800 teachers - all graduates of the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) are still being paid as assistant teachers - even though they have Bachelor of Education degrees. The Trinidad and Tobago Unified  Teachers' Association (TTUTA) is supporting their action. Earlier this month all members of TTUTA took part in a mass demonstration in pursuit of a pay claim. They have not had a pay increase since 2008 even though inflation is soaring. Meanwhile meetings are taking place in parishes all over Jamaica - organised by the Jamica Teachers Association (JTA) - to protest at the government's failure to pay outstanding money owed to them in a timely manner. The government is not proposing to complete the payment till 2013. Teachers at  one parish - St Mary's made it clear that they were not going to back down. The Jamaican government also has plans to close 167 small schools across the island. The government says it cannot pay the outstanding money in good time because of its commitments to the International Monetary Fund, which as readers of this site will know, often makes cuts in public spending a condition of loans - very often this has a direct impact on education spending and on teachers' salaries.