BUT puts its proposals on the table

BUT President Pedro Shepherd (centre) addresses teachers as general secretary, Herbert Gittens (right) and vice president Richmark Cave listen in.
BUT President Pedro Shepherd (centre) addresses teachers as general secretary, Herbert Gittens (right) and vice president Richmark Cave listen in.

The Barbados Union of Teachers has put on the table a number proposals which they would like Government to consider before it cuts the jobs of 3,000 civil servants, starting in another 11 days.

President Pedro Shepherd gave his membership assurances that their jobs were safe, for the time being, following a meeting yesterday morning at the Barbados Workers Union headquarters.

There he called for schools to be zoned, boards merged and the free bus fares programme for school children be discontinued.

“[Boards] are a fairly signicant expense . . . schools could be zoned and three or four boards could have the responsibility for [some] schools [within a zone]. We [also] believe that it would not be too harsh a measure if the reinstatement of the payment of bus fares for school children is done,” he said noting that some teachers had made the point that there were children who are abusing the system.

“If it is reinstated, those persons who are unfortunately disadvantaged, the social services can pick up the slack. The Prime Minister would have made reference to having the safety nets in place for [those] who would be disadvantaged by the fallout,” Shepherd added.

The general secretary also placed another proposal on the table that Government abandon its free summer camp programme and make children pay to attend.

“[The] large sums of money being spent on summer camps [is] one of the areas where Government can look seriously at. [Certainly] the tender for summer camp meals . . . make sure that tender go[es] out to and is given to the School Meals Department. They would have to make better arrangements with School Meals because those persons are on vacation during that period. We believe that some special allowances for the department will be necessary if they are willing to accept to prepare the meals,” said Shepherd.

Other proposals include Government cutting back on its fleet of vehicles, the reduction of the number of statutory boards, and the selling off of some of the existing lots in its 500 lots programme and at other locations at Constant in St George, Coverley in Christ Church and Parish Land, St Philip.

10 Responses to BUT puts its proposals on the table

  1. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick January 4, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    havent these ppl learnt from the 10 point plan form the nUPW???/ u all as unions are irrelavant to what the govt wants to do

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  2. Kennyatta Chery
    Kennyatta Chery January 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I saw the end to free bus fares story last evening I that that was comic relief moment. I’m a big fan of Unions the world over, but the BUT is taking this thing to far. When the kids can’t get to school because their parents can’t afford the bus fares who will the teachers have to teach? Guys please be relevant in your discussions with the government. You’re gonna loose public support with thoughtless proposals like these.

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    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria January 5, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      Kennyatta Chery. I am a primary school teacher and based on what I have witnessed, this “free bus fare” idea, is a waste of tax payers’ money. I have seen even the poorest of children at my school, get on a zr rather than catch the bus to and from school. I have seen secondary school children from the neighbourhood above me (a housing scheme), let two and three transport buses pass them by, to hop on a minibus or zr to get to school. I have seen these “poor children” spend their money before and after school on all manner of healthy snacks, and then hop on the transport bus to get home, when all the money is spent on foolishness. Before free bus fare children were getting to school.

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  3. Kennyatta Chery
    Kennyatta Chery January 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Cole Tanner please tell us how they’ll get there. Are you speaking from your ivory tower. The proposal makes no sense and is dead on arrival.

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  4. Clive Walrond
    Clive Walrond January 4, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    your all proposals 5years to late ..smart people

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  5. Kennyatta Chery
    Kennyatta Chery January 4, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Bus fare was still subsidized for those who could not afford. To propose cutting off all together is nothing but heartless.

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  6. Kennyatta Chery
    Kennyatta Chery January 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Oh please! You don’t engage in discussion with people behind scenic views lol. You can disagree with me and that will not be a problem. But to worry about my pic is just silly. Let’s stay with issue at hand please.

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  7. Kennyatta Chery
    Kennyatta Chery January 4, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Cole Tanner I knew you were a teacher from your earlier posting. You are not speaking from an objective stand point, but rather, you are here to sing the BUT tunes.

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  8. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria January 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    @ Cole Tanner..It is the easiest thing in the world to steal pictures of someone off the Internet and use them as your own on a social networking site. Also, refusing to put up a picture of yourself is not a sign of cowardice and your belief that it is is ignorant and childish. Anyway, your choice if you choose to limit your experiences on Facebook for such an easiness reason. I agree however, with the last two points that you made in your comment.

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  9. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria January 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    @ Cole Tanner..It is the easiest thing in the world to steal pictures of someone off the Internet and use them as your own on a social networking site. Also, refusing to put up a picture of yourself is not a sign of cowardice and your belief that it is is ignorant and childish. Anyway, your choice if you choose to limit your experiences on Facebook for such an easiness reason. I agree however, with the last two points that you made in your comment.

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