BSTU: Fight goes on

Flashback: Mona Robinson (left) and Mary Redman during Alexandra crisis.
Flashback: Mona Robinson (left) and Mary Redman during Alexandra crisis.

The new executive of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union is looking forward “to continuing the fight for the rights of its members and by extension all teachers”.

General Secretary Mona Robinson who stated their position in a press release yesterday, also said that the members of the 67 year-old trade union want the Ministry of the Civil Service to sit down with CTUSAB to discuss improving the legislation related to the employment of public officers.

She noted that during the March 9, Annual General Meeting “several resolutions” related to the 2010 Alexandra School Report and the Commission of Enquiry were tabled.

“One resolution recorded deep satisfaction that the union’s position in respect of the former Principal of Alexandra School was fully vindicated by the findings of the Commission of Enquiry.

“Another resolution addressed the alarming growth of the number of teachers who have been employed for several years in a temporary capacity in vacant established offices and called upon the Government of Barbados as employer to act to ensure that its several agents honour its pledge under 10.7 (d) of Protocol V1”, Robinson said.

The general secretary stated further: “That the workers representative trade union has been unable to meet with the agents of their employer was deplored and the union called on the Public Service Commission as an agent of the Government to honour the commitments given by the Government in Section 10 of Protocol V.

“The last resolution while accepting the right in law of the employer to appoint teachers on transfer strongly condemned the wholesale transfer of teacher to and from the Alexandra School.”

Mary-Ann Redman will serve another term as president. The other executive members of the BSTU are: First Vice President, Erskine Padmore; Second Vice President, Dr. Albert Bartlett; Third Vice President, Leslie Lett; Assistant General Secretary, Frank Archer; Treasurer Christopher Oliver and Public Relations Officer, Andrew Brathwaite.

Guest speaker at the AGM, held at Queen’s College, was Dr. George Belle who addressed the “Relevance of Trade Unions in an era of Political Pressure and Economic Turbulence”. (DS)

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