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BSTU request granted

Tomorrow at 3:30 p.m., the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union will be meeting with the chief personnel officer to discuss the transfer of teachers from Alexandra School.

President Mary Redman told Barbados TODAY this afternoon they were notified their request for a meeting had been granted.

“The executive members and the persons who were affected will be going to that meeting,” Redman said.

Today, the executive members did not visit the secondary schools as planned as they were working on a document to carry to the schools as well as preparing for next week’s action.

The trade union wrote letters to the CPO requesting a meeting to discuss the “unprecedented” transfer of teachers from the Alexandra School, at the start of the school term on January 7.

A resolution passed at a meeting with their members on Monday at Solidarity House, stated that the BSTU was calling on Government “to instruct its appropriate agent, one with authority in law, to meet the union before January 18, 2013 with a view to reaching a settlement in respect of the transfer of teachers to and from the Alexandra school.”

The union was “considering” withdrawing its members from the classroom next week if the authorities failed to meet with them.

Thirty-six teachers as well as four administrators were shifted from and to Alexandra School, including Principals Jeff Broomes and Orson Alleyne of Parkinson Memorial Secondary, who exchanged places, and Deputy Principals, Beverley Neblett-Lashley and June Browne switched places, with the former now at Combermere School and the latter at Alexandra. (DS)

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