Redman upset over leaked personal letter

President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) Mary Redman is demanding an explanation from the Ministry of the Civil Service after a letter she wrote requesting withdrawal of her voluntary retirement from the teaching service was apparently leaked.

Calling the act “a serious breach of confidentiality”, an upset Redman explained that her correspondence was specifically addressed to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education June Chandler and was submitted to the board of management of the Lodge School, where she is posted, on November 24.

“The act of taking a picture of my personal letter and circulating it via WhatsApp is an act to mischief and not the type of behaviour normally associated with public officers at any level in this country,” Redman said, adding that “it is not the type of behaviour that should be exhibited at any point in time and it is type of behaviour that should be frowned upon and investigated by the relevant authorities and I am calling on them to do so”.

The veteran educator explained that she had opted for retirement back in January, but since then “ongoing circumstances” have caused her to reconsider.

While pointing out that it was not uncommon for changes to be made to retirement dates, she stressed that only a handful of persons had access in the chain that such letters generally followed.

“In making that application I was acting with the authority and power of any public officer to withdraw such an application with good and sufficient reason and it is something that is done across the public service, not only in teaching.

“The letter, however, in its progress through the system would only have been made available to a limited number of officers, yet on December 3, I was sent a photograph of my letter to the PS via WhatsApp,” Redman said, adding that suggestions were now being made that her withdrawal of the application was in a bid to keep her job as head of the BSTU after she had threatened to resign from that post last month.

However, Redman dismissed such linkages as nonsense given that other persons have served on the executive of the BSTU long after they retired from teaching.

“This bears absolutely no reference to my public persona as the president of the BSTU and has nothing to do with the performance of my duties in that capacity,” she said before reeling off a list of past executives that had done so.

“I do not understand why there would therefore be attempts to make a legitimate common act by a private citizen and worker something of public concern in this manner,” she said while making it clear that “the fact that I have continued as president has been as a direct result of the refusal of the BSTU executive to accept my resignation”.

She also suggested that the BSTU had expressed a willingness to grant her a leave of absence to address her unspecified health concerns.

“I find it distressing that a public service once well known throughout the Caribbean for its professionalism; integrity, efficiency and transparency could now be seen to be guilty of such a breach and transgression of this type. What are the motivations in this scenario and what are the intended goals?” she asked.

34 Responses to Redman upset over leaked personal letter

  1. John Everatt December 13, 2017 at 12:54 am

    This is a small island and by nature everyone seems to know everyone else’s business. Sad but that is reality.

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  2. archy perch December 13, 2017 at 3:42 am

    Mary Mary Quite Contrary. This St.Lucia-born rebel needs to abolish her political agenda and practice proper trade unionism.
    Goverment suffers leaks all the time; sometimes Mary gets the leaks into her own bosom. So now the shoe is on the other foot Mary….wear it.

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    • hcalndre December 13, 2017 at 6:21 am

      @archy perch; that statement sounds very sexist, bajans seems to believe that they don`t live and work in other countries, you don`t have a clue about Union shops.

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  3. Aquarius Caddle
    Aquarius Caddle December 13, 2017 at 5:47 am

    She love to be in the news lolololol the only way to get attention

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    • Carseen Greenidge
      Carseen Greenidge December 13, 2017 at 6:53 am

      @AquariusCaddle And you love commenting on de ‘news’, the only way for you to get attention. There is a name for people like you #Yardfowl

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      • VoR December 13, 2017 at 7:16 am

        Just because someone doesn’t share your opinion doesn’t make them a yard fowl.

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    • Aquarius Caddle
      Aquarius Caddle December 13, 2017 at 8:25 am
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    • Yvonne Sealy
      Yvonne Sealy December 13, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      @ Carseen, look youuuuu….. Yuh frigging idiot

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    • Aquarius Caddle
      Aquarius Caddle December 13, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Don’t pay the cockinass no mind

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    • Yvonne Sealy
      Yvonne Sealy December 13, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      She started the New term with confusion and is ending it the same, it seems..
      Chuppseeeee

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  4. Julian Reifer
    Julian Reifer December 13, 2017 at 5:54 am

    This woman think she is a politician.

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    • Carseen Greenidge
      Carseen Greenidge December 13, 2017 at 6:59 am

      @JulianReifer and if indeed she thinks so, isn’t she doing a darn good job at representation?? Perhaps #YardFowls like you and current politicians could learn from her what true representation should be about.

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      • VoR December 13, 2017 at 7:16 am

        Just because someone doesn’t share your opinion doesn’t make them a yard fowl.

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    • Julian Marshall
      Julian Marshall December 13, 2017 at 8:37 am

      She does spend more time in the news than she spend teaching the nation’s children.

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    • Aquarius Caddle
      Aquarius Caddle December 13, 2017 at 8:44 am

      The woman issa in news specialist she is one confuse miserable woman in a job where she should be happy getting paid to do nothing but hey look she face and hair do JUST MISERABLE

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    • Kearn Williams
      Kearn Williams December 13, 2017 at 8:57 am

      She is a blasted trouble maker. If she would only spend more time teaching the ppl children at The Lodge School, the school would probably do better. always in d news causing a ‘ruckus’

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    • Aquarius Caddle
      Aquarius Caddle December 13, 2017 at 4:44 pm
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  5. Saga Boy December 13, 2017 at 6:04 am

    It is interesting how Mary is complaining about leaked information. When information falls off a truck and she gets access to it is it ok? But just because it is all about her she is upset. For years she has been using information gotten via this same mechanism.

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  6. Alex Alleyne December 13, 2017 at 7:06 am

    WELCOME TO “BIM”.

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  7. Ceegee December 13, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Saga Boy…there is one thing #BarbadosToday can be sure about when they post an article…especially when the article is about Ms. Redman – A swift response from you is guaranteed. You are soooo consistent with your appearances…sometimes I wonder wherever do you get the time to comment so often. How much are they paying you??? Do you ever take vacation?? Do you think for yourself?? Do you have any friends and family who love you enough to say to you your non-sensical comments are unnecessary?? Take a needed break!!! #PoliticalYardFowl

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  8. harry turnover December 13, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Mary Redman it wasn’t leaked …IT FELL OFF A TRUCK the SAME way information fell off a truck when you took it up back then
    Ya forget ??? then it is a sign…time fa you to REALLY RETIRE then…ya getting down in age ..like SANTA CLAUS.

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  9. Greengiant December 13, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Why retire now when she can use the benefits of the public service for medical purposes. Maybe her civil service contract, and her position with the teacher’s union has a medical package attached to it.

    This is the age of social media, anti social media, with print, audio and visual still available. Many persons professional and otherwise are making full use of the anti social medium while totally ignoring the others. Mary has the advantage of all mediums available, and should expect to be negatively affected by any of them.

    When we live in the jungle we will associate with the animals, one day we must meet Tarzan personally.

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  10. Saga Boy December 13, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Mary needs to tell us when was the last day she actually taught a class. I feel that anyone appointed in her position should not be paid by the crown. The union should be paying her as their employee. Why should tax payers be paying her if she represents people who pays monthly dues. This is not the case with the BWU or NUPW or UNITY.

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    • O. Walrond December 13, 2017 at 8:34 am

      There is someone in charge of schools called a Principal. Then there is the Ministry of Education that oversees the education system. Are they worried about her contribution to the classroom? If they were don’t you think they would have done something about it?

      You people need to get rid of some of your hate and mind your own business.

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  11. Miche December 13, 2017 at 7:54 am

    “The act of taking a picture of my personal letter and circulating it via WhatsApp is an act to mischief and not the type of behaviour normally associated with public officers at any level in this country,”

    Ms Redman, I am appalled that you could have the gall to make such a statement, Coming from the lips of someone who has failed miserably in living up to what we expect from our union leaders…..Now that the shoe is on the other foot,,,you can feel the pain. A dose of the medicine that you so regularly and unnecessarily dish out,,,,you are now called to taste,,,,

    CARMA

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    • O. Walrond December 13, 2017 at 8:32 am

      ” Coming from the lips of someone who has failed miserably in living up to what we expect from our union leaders…”

      And may I ask who are you to determine that she has failed? Are you the total membership of the BSTU? They appear to be quite happy with her representation.

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  12. colleta December 13, 2017 at 8:32 am

    A very insensitive yard fowl in Archy perch, when will the criticizing of anyone that does not follow a political agenda ever stop with people like his ilk.

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  13. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond December 13, 2017 at 8:36 am

    A disgraceful blot on the integrity of the public service. I agree with you, Mary.

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  14. Ernesta Catlyn December 13, 2017 at 8:46 am

    The substantive issue here is that there was a breach of confidential information. What I would not like for myself I would not wish upon another person. So in this respect, this is wrong and should be investigated. Not that the result would result in any disciplinary action.

    For a country with a church on every corner, we seem not to appreciate God’s teachings but today for me, tomorrow for you.

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    • Jennifer December 13, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      The said church is why them so.

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  15. Saga Boy December 13, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Olutoye Walrond. This issue in relation with union officials not teaching has been of concern for a while. It has become a custom and practice which cannot be reverse without some IR implications. It has nothing to do with hate but with the fact that it is not a reasonable action. When you were at CBC would you have supported a arrangement where union delegates paid by the corporation spent all their time dealing with union issues instead of attending to their duties? My point is that a President of a Union if she or he is conducting union business on a day to day basis to the point where it makes it impossible to perform the duties they were originally hired to perform should be paid by the union and not be a burden to the crown.

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  16. Tom Hunk December 13, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Ask Ms Best….

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  17. Helicopter(8P) December 13, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    L:ike Shadow say “Ah feel like go plant tress in Tobago”! well Mary you should plant anturliums and gardenias it’s a lot less stressing and gives you time to write your book.

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  18. milli watt December 13, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    “I find it distressing that a public service once well known throughout the Caribbean for its professionalism; integrity, efficiency and transparency could now be seen to be guilty of such a breach and transgression of this type.” Mary which public service you talking bout not dis one bout hey

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