Teachers not on strike

President of the BSTU Mary Redman.

Transferred Alexandra teachers represented by the Barbados Secondary Teachers union are not on strike.

BSTU President Mary Redman made that clear this evening as her organisation and the 14 teachers held firm amid continued criticism of their actions.

The trade unionist also told Barbados TODAY that following a series of meetings with teachers at a number of schools today at lunch time, including Harrison College, she and other executive members would be holding similar discussions tomorrow as they seek support ahead of a full BSTU meeting on Monday.“At 3 o’clock at union headquarters we had a meeting with our shop stewards that went on until about 6 o’clock or so and we … brought them up to speed because we will not be able to touch all of the schools tomorrow.

Meetings are scheduled for Coleridge and Parry, Alleyne School, Christ Church Foundation, Deighton Griffith, The Lodge, Queen’s College, and Combermere School.

At Monday’s meeting, members will have the chance to have their questions on the transfer issue answered, seek clarification on anything, and discuss the possible courses of action available to the trade union. They will be asked to decide the way forward.

Sources have charged to this newspaper that the transfers had created “so much confusion” that timetables have to be rearranged as a number of the teachers shifted cannot teach the subjects required and therefore the children are impacted. (DS)

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