Unions say dismissal of clerk typist at St Leonard’s School was illegitimate

The Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) and the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) have described the August 31 dismissal of a clerk typist at St Leonard’s School as unfair, unreasonable and illegitimate.

In a joint statement, the unions said that their member was “unfairly dismissed” by the Board as her dismissal does not confirm with what constitutes a fair dismissal in the Employment Rights Act. 29 (2), neither is there a “substantial reason” to justify the dismissal as falling within Section 29. 1(b)

They also said that the process of termination of their member did not follow standard procedure since the approval for termination was not sought in the manner prescribed.

The BSTU and NUPW argue that their member worked continuously in the position for three years until August 29, two days before the end of the last contract, when she was informed in writing, with no reason being given, that her services would no longer be required after August 31, 2017.

According to the unions, the actions of the Board have serious implications for all temporary workers across the system and it is an action that is being seen with increasing frequency in the wider Public Service.

“It is, therefore, one that the Unions, as representatives of Public Officers and Public Employees, are taking very seriously and intend to halt,” the unions said.

Classes were disrupted at the school on September 29 after more than 30 of the 70 teachers at the Government-run institution called in sick, in apparent protest over the dismissal of the clerk typist.

A day earlier President of the BSTU Mary Redman served notice during a news conference at the union’s Belleville, St Michael headquarters of possible protest action in support of the terminated worker.

The unions say all employees expect to be fairly and reasonably treated at all times in their employment relationship with the employer.

“This has not been evident with our member. Termination of employment is the ultimate sanction and cannot be allowed to take place outside the law,” the statement said.

11 Responses to Unions say dismissal of clerk typist at St Leonard’s School was illegitimate

  1. Sue Donym October 8, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    It is said the worker worked until “… two days before the end of the… contract…”. What’s the problem?

    Are they suggesting that there is an obligation to renew a contract? Is an employer tied to a worker once employed? Does that expectation benefit both parties – in other words should the employer expect compensation from an employee who wants to terminate the relationship at the contract’s end or before the agreed end date?

    Why do unions demand that everything be adhered to in the contract except its end? Why is it not the practice to try early to negotiate a new contract rather than have it come to this mess?Truly at a loss.

  2. Kearn Williams
    Kearn Williams October 8, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    O dear. Look out now. D red woman strikes again. Somebodies children ain’t gine get teach

  3. straight talk October 8, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    These school boards and does a lot of nastiness, they love to terminate people that are temporary or on contract so they can bring in their friends or their family.

    • andy g October 9, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      think positive. the contract end.so what’s the problem. as per kearn the RED WOMAN again.she is the problem

      she has no credibity anyway

  4. fedup October 8, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    It’s not what you do..it’s HOW you do it.

  5. Milli Watt October 8, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I like this……….everybody want a piece outta FRUNS although I think this is more a lash for Jonesey.

  6. hcalndre October 8, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    The PM asked the question sometime ago if bajans don`t know the meaning of “Temporary” when he sent home 3000 plus after they were promised the not one of them would lose their job so they gave DEM their vote. With no complaints against her, is this position going to go to someone else, or it will no longer be needed? I believe that this person is not a DLP supporter so she will be replaced by one that they can be sure of their vote. They have more actors/actresses than Hollywood, eg. the commissioner of police did 4 years of acting before he was given the job so one favor sure deserves another, that would be a US President`s term in office.

  7. Jay Harper October 9, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Sue Donym

    There is no obligation to renew the contract but the non renewal of the contract must be done in keeping with the ERA. It was a bad contract. You cannot contract outside the law. Employers really need to get up to speed with the ERA. We are in a new era of employment law in Bim.

    The worker is not entitled to get her job back but she should get one month’s pay in lieu of notice. But the unions are going to milk this for all its worth. I was wondering why the BSTU up front and centre in this until a colleague suggested it may have something to do with Ms redman’s son who was a temporary teacher and allegedly suffered a similar fate and that battle is still being fought.

  8. Sue Donym October 9, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Hi @Jay Harper. I think you’re understanding exactly where I’m going with my questions. The drafters of the legislation need to have a wider view of reality, just as much as the contract needs to be balanced. Are you saying that the worker is entitled to one month’s notice of non-renewal, even though the contract states an end date? This suggests that renewal is automatic and doesn’t give the employer the opportunity to pursue better suited candidates without being penalised (the one month’s pay).

    What do you mean by “You cannot contract outside the law”?

  9. Kevin October 9, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Clerk-typist is becoming a dying ‘career’. Noone hires these type of people anymore.

  10. Sonia Small
    Sonia Small October 9, 2017 at 10:52 am

    These people just IGNORANT cheese


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