‘Inniss flip-flopping on fired teacher’s case’

President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) Mary Redman is accusing some Government ministers of attempting to discredit high-ranking union officials and belittling the union’s work in a bid to hide their incompetence and that of some of the senior officers in the ministries they run.

Redman took special aim at Minister of Industry, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss, who last night claimed that Redman was prepared to shut down the island’s school system over a matter involving her son, who was terminated from the teaching staff at St Michael School.

Speaking at Democratic Labour Party St Michael East branch meeting at the St Giles Primary School, Inniss called on the BSTU head to “stop with the wishy-washy rhetoric” and address the question: “Is it the child you gave birth to for whom you want to shut down the school system in Barbados this week?”

In a swift response, Redman told Barbados TODAY her relationship with the fired teacher had nothing to do with the case.

In any event, she said, Inniss had “expressed horror” at the termination and was now singing a different tune simply because he had since learned that the person involved was related to her.

“Mr Inniss has asked me to say what the relationship between the member involved in the outstanding grievance matter is to me. The fact is that that relationship has absolutely no relevance to the facts of the case. The facts stand on their own, objectively and separately from any relationship to me.

“It is interesting that at the last Social Partnership meeting, after the meeting was apprised of the facts of the case and before minister Inniss knew of any relationship between myself and the member, he expressed horror at the matter, chastised the recalcitrance of the public officers involved in the delay, sought to distance ministers of Government from such action of senior public officers and even sought to admonish the unions for representing such officers . . . when they were at fault,” the BSTU leader told Barbados TODAY.

“What I don’t understand is how comes these strong opinions expressed two weeks ago have so fundamentally changed on learning of a relationship between the member and myself. How has the supposedly objective facts changed to elicit such comments from him?”

Redman insisted that any union member was entitled to representation, regardless of the person’s relationship with the leader, while also questioning whether Inniss’ comment smacked of victimization, adding that her relationship to the fired teacher was revealed to the general membership two days after the matter became a dispute.

31 Responses to ‘Inniss flip-flopping on fired teacher’s case’

  1. Elvis Howard
    Elvis Howard September 11, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Stay focus.

  2. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen September 12, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Oh! A see ,well let me tell you we int Marching up to the top of the hill and marching back down again with you this time.you child done got he education and we want we children to get educated too.

  3. Caroline Clarke
    Caroline Clarke September 12, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Ah c wha gone on heh now.she son get terminate so this is another grouse for everyone to stop work and disrupt people children education for someone who have theirs already. Man you gotta pick your battles wisely

  4. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall September 12, 2017 at 1:39 am


  5. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell September 12, 2017 at 2:32 am

    So because you are related to a union official you are not entitled to representation? ? Okay.

    • Caroline Clarke
      Caroline Clarke September 12, 2017 at 7:38 am

      He is indeed intitle to union representation but that doesn’t mean shutting down the whole school system. Many other didn’t have their contract renew time and time again. Look how many people got relieved of their position he is no exception to the rule.because he is her son is that his intitlement to a job and for her to disrupt the school system whenever it suit her.

    • Dennis Connell
      Dennis Connell September 12, 2017 at 7:55 am

      Not because it’s her son. ..its because he is an employee. Suppose he wasn’t her son?

    • Chris Kinkaid
      Chris Kinkaid September 12, 2017 at 9:27 am

      If the union’s actions were the same for other fired teaches then no problem.
      If this is something new, then there is a problem.

  6. hcalndre September 12, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Its a union issue and whether the member is related to or even wrong they must be represented, what is wrong with these anti union bajans? I heard Mr. Broomes on radio giving his take on the issue, that`s why he was treated like that and now he becomes a lackey or a lizard (changing position/color) depending where he is sitting. Dunville is all over the place.

    • Bajan September 12, 2017 at 6:43 am

      It is the principle and the public perception of this matter. The union should have been transparent with the relationship of its President and the terminated teacher from the beginning. It is the government that brought to the public’s attention their relationship. It now looks as though the union is not acting in good faith and has not been truly honest with the government and with the public.

  7. Vernel Nicholls
    Vernel Nicholls September 12, 2017 at 4:50 am


  8. Danny Colombian Clarke
    Danny Colombian Clarke September 12, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Teachers sick out coming in 3… 2…..

  9. Neysa Huey
    Neysa Huey September 12, 2017 at 6:23 am

    It is so hard to get any government employee fired farless a teacher….have known MANY that would have even gone long time if in private sector. So for one to actually get fired…. Well done! (And yes I know MANY MANY truly exceptional teachers too)

    • leroy September 12, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      What are the facts of the case? What was he dismissed for?

  10. Cecelia Cox
    Cecelia Cox September 12, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Politics, drama, attention seeking….chill now woman

  11. Patrick September 12, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Mary Redman is bad news

  12. Greengiant September 12, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I agree the employee needs representation and should get it, but she should not have spoken. She should have delegated another officer to publicly address this issue. How could educated people be so gullible? Maybe some of them are so determined for other motives, that they fail to realize when pause, take a break and allow a deputy to lead the battle. Oh Mary, Mary how contrary.

  13. Roc Kinn
    Roc Kinn September 12, 2017 at 8:41 am

    This difficult woman obviously wanted to be a politician.

  14. Alleyne Heath
    Alleyne Heath September 12, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Time out Mary.

  15. Milli Watt September 12, 2017 at 9:22 am

    wuh you expect from a MP who made his money (XXX) meaning times over from web sites.

  16. Ako Walker Cssr
    Ako Walker Cssr September 12, 2017 at 9:31 am

    So the Union ought not to represent the interests of said teacher because of his relationship with the President of the BSTU? What garbage!!!
    The Union has a right to advocate for the rights of all teachers that it is by law required to represent.

  17. Saga Boy September 12, 2017 at 9:45 am

    @Greengiant. You are correct. Once she declared an interest she should have stepped aside. She has no case and I predict it will go nowhere. She also made a fuss about an employee on probation at Combermere who was terminated. During probation a contract can be terminated without notice. She also has no case with that matter. All she does is walk about looking for a fight. Ask her when last she taught a class. If she wants to be a full time GS it should not be at the expense of any government.

  18. Kathy September 12, 2017 at 10:31 am

    This woman is constantly in battle…sorry war mode. she needs to relax and look at things more objectively. Come on Mary!

  19. John Boost
    John Boost September 12, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Why was this person sent home

  20. Antonio Cozier
    Antonio Cozier September 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    If it was My son I would want the Union and it’s members to represent him so why shouldn’t her son be represented

  21. straight talk September 12, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    This government don’t like unions and it hate teachers, Ronald Jones only acknowledge teachers when it is 11 plus and cxc times but otherwise thee man would spite teachers to thee end.

  22. I m Awesome September 12, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Idiots!!!!!! A member is a member. So because he is related to the president is he not entitled to the same representation? Are you now asking the union to discriminate on the grounds that he is related? Do you people understand justice? You need to see the union as separate from its leader who must carry out the dictates of the executive. Do you understand that the president stands at the behest of the membership? (Sorry about that word. You may not understand it). She does what had to be done on behalf of the members.

    • Sherlock Holmes. September 12, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      You are not as awesome as you believe, no one has denied he is entitled to representation the facts seem to bear that he apparently was disrespectful to the principal of the school and if these allegations have some credence then one must ask if he did not create the problem for himself. Who here in this forum would tolerate insubordination from one of a junior rank it is unheard of, maybe he let family ties got in the way of common sense. Another thing this matter was being spearheaded in it’s initial stages by the president of the union i saw the myriad of stories in the various forums of the media and before the related facts were known it appeared that the president was the chief cook and bottle washer as it related to the matter. Now that the facts are known frivolous excuses are being made since she has been weighed in the balance and have been found wanting. We complain about the police investigating their own and it could be argued with good reason, but for those who are not aware the police would probably welcome being investigated by others. There is something known in law as recusal and for good reason if the union is determined to fight this matter they must have valid grounds and there must be no appearance of bias or nepotism whatsoever and as far as i am concerned the refusal to renew a contract seems like a matter that should be challenged in the laws courts if there are solid grounds to prove that it was an unfair and discriminatory act rather than a matter that should be pursued by any union with the goal of disrupting the school system. Take the matter to court.

  23. Maggie September 12, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Well said Sherlock Holmes

  24. Geoff Small September 12, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    If there is a dispute why not allow the complaint be resolved through the grievance procedure. The idea of another wildcat strike is ridiculous and only hurts the membership. How can any government or business organization operate in such an environment? it is necessary to have industrial peace to carrying out a business plan without these useless an unnecessary disruptions during the life of a contract, unless it is a health and safety issue. Any dispute that arises during the term of the contract, should be forwarded to the grievance procedure system. The process should be timely and binding. No need to tie up the courts with an industrial relations dispute.
    The interaction between the union and the minister, does nothing to resolve the dispute. It is all fluff. Again, I advocate for legislation that prevents strikes or lockouts during the term of a contract. This peaceful time allows organizations to add value to the organization which in turn benefits the organization and its employees.


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