Not me and that BSTU

Milton Pierce leading Jeff Broomes in testimony today.

If it is from the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union, Principal of the Alexandra School Jeff Broomes will not be reading it. That’s the stance Broomes has taken regarding all correspondence from the union representing the majority of teachers at the St. Peter institution he has headed since 2002.

As far as he was concerned, the BSTU had “a prejudice” against him, and relations between the two, which were cordial in his early years as head of Alexandra, had deteriorated.

The official was giving evidence at the Commission of Enquiry into Alexandra, which continued today at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex. Broomes testified, while his evidence was led by the tribunal’s senior counsel Milton Pierce, that he did not, and would not be reading correspondence from the BSTU.

“There are very few things the BSTU sends to me that I ever read,” he said. Broomes said this was a reflection of how he viewed that union’s “consistent tirades”. “I stopped reading lots of things from BSTU… I can see no reason why in 2003 I would not have read something from the BSTU,” he stated.

“There is no correspondence the BSTU sends [to me] that is not copied to my employer and I interact with the Ministry of Education.” Earlier in his evidence Pierce asked Broomes if he, as principal, had “a prejudice against the BSTU”.

“No they have a prejudice against me,” Broomes responded. (SC)

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