Redman testifies tomorrow

Barbados Secondary Teachers Union President Mary Redman, a central figure in the industrial relations dispute at the Alexandra School, is expected to have her say tomorrow.

Senior counsel to the Commission of Enquiry into Alexandra, Milton Pierce, said this evening that it was his intention to call the trade union leader to the witness chair after BSTU consultant Patrick Frost ended his testimony.

And unless otherwise determined in the interim by Commissioner Frederick Waterman, Principal Jeff Broomes’ evidence was expected to immediately follow Redman’s.

Word of this came this evening as Frost neared the end of his testimony at the Wildey Gymnasium, Garfield Sobers Sports Complex. He spent the entire day testifying after beginning his evidence yesterday.

It was after the principal’s counsel Vernon Smith, QC, said he and associate Cecil McCarthy, QC, had further questions for Frost and therefore wished to continue their examination tomorrow, that Pierce said he had intended “calling Ms. Redman early tomorrow morning”.

Waterman then reiterated the commission’s concern about time, and said his warrant was only for a prescribed period. Today’s sitting went past its scheduled 4:30 p.m. end.

Following the completion of testimony from Frost, Redman and Broomes, lawyers representing the various parties will make their submissions.

The commissioner has to complete and submit his report, including recommendations, to the Governor General before the new school year starts next month. (SC)

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