Don’t panic

BSTU tells members ignore layoff rumours


The Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union, BSTU, has warned Government against laying off any temporary teachers who it represents.

The union says if such action is taken “it will be advising parents of students in our school system that our members will not be in a position to substitute for those laid off, with all the inherent implications of such a situation.”

In a statement issued a short while ago, the BSTU urged its members to disregard rumours that 150 temporary teachers would be retrenched.

The rumours stem from an email dated December 30, 2013 that was reportedly sent from the office of the deputy chief education officer to all principals requesting that they submit a list of all temporary teachers as well as the subjects they teach to the Ministry of Education.

However, the union is urging its members not to panic.

The BSTU is saying to our members that we have been given the strict personal assurance 
of the minister of finance on two separate occasions that teachers would not be touched in 
this draconian process.  This was corroborated at the level of the Sub-committee of the 
Social Partnership,” the union stated.
The BSTU is asking its members to demonstrate trust in those assurances given to us from 
that level. We are asking them not to panic and to resume, in their normal professional 
manner, their duties with the good faith that we demand to be reciprocated from the powers 
that be.”

Members of the union are scheduled to attend staff meetings on Monday.

10 Responses to Don’t panic

  1. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria January 3, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    when you click on this link, there are some links on the right hand side of the page, blocking parts of the article….

    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria January 3, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      K, I see now that it is only the two quotes at the end of the article that are partially obscured.

  2. Omar Watson
    Omar Watson January 3, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    She looks like Mumra with the hood off. These unions are failing to adapt and are getting circles ran around on them because of loopholes established on their watch. Mary better act like the lamb because unless they plan to pay the people out of their pockets they can’t tell no one nothing about sending home staff. When the warning signs were there and action could have been taken to curtail this last option. They hush them mout. So hush she mout now.

  3. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley January 3, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Unions the downfall of every country. Even worse when you have this woman supposedly on your side !!!!

    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria January 3, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Don’t agree with that statement, sorry. History begs to differ.

    • Omar Watson
      Omar Watson January 3, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      The Unions are necessary. Just that the leadership of some of these unions needs chasing away. Without the Unions the workers have no true voice. Riots, all kinds of nonsense would be rampant in many countries. The Employers have their own Union i.e Barbados Employers’ Confederation and the workers deserve equal or better representation. The Unions in Barbados are responsible for a lot of rights that workers enjoy, that workers in more developed countries would love to have right now. Visionaries led the unions in the past but lol I’m sorry for the teachers though. Mumra isn’t really doing a smash job right now.

    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley January 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      The union leaders are the same as all politicians – only interested in their own self importance, they don’t give a damn about those they are supposed to support !

  4. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry January 3, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    The DEMS have not kept one promise or or told a truth yet and she thinks that the temporary teachers won’t be touched. The only jobs and pensions in public services that are safe are those ministers, no one else.


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