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Packed BUT meeting as school starts

Schools are opened across the island, but teachers have packed Solidarity House for a three-hour meeting called by their bargaining agent, the Barbados Union of Teachers.

One union official estimates that approximately one thousand educators are attending the meeting called to discussed unresolved problems at the Alma Parris and Parkinson Memorial Secondary Schools, as well as outstanding teaching appointments.

Ahead of the talks, BUT President Pedro Shepherd said the teachers would decide their next move after the Ministry of Education failed to meet a deadline to settle the outstanding matters.

There was only standing room in and outside the auditorium.

There was only standing room in and outside the auditorium.

34 Responses to Packed BUT meeting as school starts

  1. Sebastian Da Costa
    Sebastian Da Costa January 6, 2015 at 11:39 am

    get back to school, this was bad time to do this.

  2. Ike Turner
    Ike Turner January 6, 2015 at 11:41 am

    This kind of thing is wrong why they could not pf done this over the weekend. I hope they dp not get pay today

    • Terry Clarke
      Terry Clarke January 6, 2015 at 11:46 am

      More free time for those whose hearts are not about the well being of the Nations’ children.

      • Nyah January 6, 2015 at 2:49 pm

        Charge them for not reporting for work or better yet give them extended leave without pay and hire back the old grammar retirees ……..

  3. Frederick Walcott
    Frederick Walcott January 6, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Reporters should be careful with bandying about certain words….. “educators” can be teachers but not all teachers can be defined as educators.

  4. Kearn Williams
    Kearn Williams January 6, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Pedro Shepherd put on some pounds tho’. He happy

  5. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis January 6, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Fire everyone up to and especially including the Minister of Education and start over No one involved in this is a “winner”…

    • Daniel Polonis
      Daniel Polonis January 6, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      parents dont on strike

    • Peter S. A. Francis
      Peter S. A. Francis January 6, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      Seriously Daniel?????? Look at some of those “children”. Some of their parents have never parented a day in their lives!!!

    • Daniel Polonis
      Daniel Polonis January 6, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Really? because some of these “teachers” have never taught a day… and are more worried about appointment then just doing the job. you can’t fire a parent for not doing their job but you can fire a ineffective teacher…..but the blame goes squarely on the totally ineffective Minister of Education…so start there.

  6. Mhizz Joan Moore
    Mhizz Joan Moore January 6, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    so if all them there who teachin the kids

  7. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall January 6, 2015 at 12:20 pm


  8. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha January 6, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    when other ppl have to strike ornprotest they leave the job and work unattended to protest…just becus they are teachers doesnt mean they are tired to the job 24/7and their our pay cannot be docked becuz they are within their rights…principals know how to reassign classes so the kid wont b unsupervised

  9. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha January 6, 2015 at 12:23 pm


  10. John Digger Benn
    John Digger Benn January 6, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    don’t give them a cent

  11. Frederick Walcott
    Frederick Walcott January 6, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Too much attention is paid to turning the bad eggs instead of throwing them out to concentrate on the fresh ….. I mean everybody – across the board.

  12. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha January 6, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    not giving them a cent doesnt mean that they will turn up to one work for free….believe that

  13. Joan Scantlebury January 6, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Teachers are ordinary people who have feelings.

  14. Sandra January 6, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Let go everyone of them and hire new ones do not let them change the school system those teacher are out order give those jobs to people that need them.

  15. Mia Blackman
    Mia Blackman January 6, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    This what the tax payers paing for. Smdh

  16. arlene January 6, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    I would really like a few of these teacher haters to spend a day in our shoes and then make your comments afterwards. Enough said


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