Not budging

Redman sticking to her guns

The President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU) Mary-Ann Redman today called on members to “stand firm” on their pay demand, while reporting that there was strong support for the BSTU’s stance against the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).

While reporting that members of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) had joined in the fight, Redman also said she had received correspondence from colleagues in Anguilla and Antigua who were in the process of formulating some form of action.

She further revealed that President of the Caribbean Union of Teachers would address the matter at a press conference here tomorrow, while complaining that CXC had disregarded the BSTU’s request for a meeting “to deal with this matter that the affiliates throughout the region should take whatever action they deem necessary to ensure that teachers get a fair deal, for [a] fair day’s work”.

Redman argued that the problems facing teachers were the same throughout the region.

However, she pointed out that “some of the territories have not been as vocal or as proactive as we have been forced to be in Barbados because of our peculiar position”.

BSTU head Mary Redman tells of teachers’ illnesses today.
BSTU head Mary Redman

Speaking on local radio, Redman said her union was getting strong support from the BUT, while stating that teachers at the St Leonard’s Boys’ School were “very much on board in relation to this whole issue”.

She pointed out that they had not only been affected at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) level, but since St Leonard’s became a sixth form school it was also “exposed” at the level of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).

“ . . . Their teachers have been complaining of the workload,” acknowledged Redman.

She also complained about the refusal of officials of the Ministry of Education and CXC to meet with teachers on the issue, saying it clearly showed that they did not have the interests of “poor students” at heart.

“The Ministry has not met with us on this and we have asked them to meet. We have written to them since the May 8, 2014. We wrote and told them what our resolution was, part of our AGM [Annual General Meeting], I think on the 4th of April 2014, and we told them, we would not be correcting SBA’s.

“We had a quarterly meeting in early September where we broached the subject with them again. They said it was getting late and the meeting couldn’t go on any longer, they would
set a specific meeting to deal with this, we called, we have requested, and to date no further meeting.” 

10 Responses to Not budging

  1. Alex Alleyne April 1, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Money , money , money . Its the same reason why the sugar crop can’t start .

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  2. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke April 1, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Stupseeeee

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  3. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke April 1, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Do u have a child or children at school Mr.Moore?smfh

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  4. Patrick Blackman April 1, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Mrs Mary-Ann Redman should note the saying : “I never contemplated that I was poor until I realize that all I had was money”… There is more to life than money, duty is also important.

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  5. MariaMaria Angel
    MariaMaria Angel April 1, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Listen to the parents, teachers Over work wanna self for their children. The same children who have been taught by the same parents to disrespect you. Listen to the parents, teachers. Stop teaching and correct the SBAs. Bring them to school and sit down in class and correct them. That is what the parents want. Listen to the parents, teachers! Never mind they can’t even get their own pickneys to listen to and obey them! Stress out wanna selves for the children. Never mind that neither them or their parents care about you!

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  6. MariaMaria Angel
    MariaMaria Angel April 1, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Listen to the parents, teachers Over work wanna self for their children. The same children who have been taught by the same parents to disrespect you. Listen to the parents, teachers. Stop teaching and correct the SBAs. Bring them to school and sit down in class and correct them. That is what the parents want. Listen to the parents, teachers! Never mind they can’t even get their own pickneys to listen to and obey them! Stress out wanna selves for the children. Never mind that neither them or their parents care about you!

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  7. Lorna Deukett April 1, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Mr. Broomes at Parkinson say them correcting them children SBA’s, I only hope Ms. Mary Redman doan open her can of whoopass on his poor head. This woman needs a muzzle. Can anyone tell me the repercussions for our children if these SBA’s are not corrected in a timely manner. R u aware that they r an integral percentage of the total exam marks. A child’s scholarship could b in jeopardy here. All of this talk bout we doan care bout teachers is a roll of crap, everytime yall go on a rampage our damn children suffer. I glad wunna care coz at the end of the day this ain bout no work, this is about how much moolah wunna could squeeze out the CXC council for what wunna already getting paid 2 do. Lord help tomorrows children and God Bless Bim

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  8. Marcus Foster
    Marcus Foster April 1, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Mary Redman for Prime Minister for Barbados she gets things done

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  9. Paula Husbands
    Paula Husbands April 1, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    These teacher really care about the profession of choice or money money money the kids suppose to pay for all this folly to be held at ransom this is madness fire the who lot stupse every other day them have issues why them dont have issues with the amount of holidays they get and some do nothing all in the class rooms but time the clocks but still drawing taxpayers money sick of them

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  10. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha April 1, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Its about time that ppl stop abusing teachers tho…carrying a joke too far

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