Unions await ministry’s response
THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION has six more days to act on the issue of the termination of a clerk/typist at St Leonard’s Boys’ Secondary School in August.
Speaking on behalf of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) and the National Union of Public Workers, BSTU president Mary Redman said they sent a letter to the ministry yesterday giving it until October 17 to initiate a response from the school.
“We’re hoping that common sense will prevail in relation to St Leonard’s and the ministry will use the opportunity that we have given them, through our letter, to facilitate or direct the board to meet with us so that we can resolve the matter fairly and justly,” Redman said.
“We’re also hoping that common sense will prevail in the matter at St Michael’s, which has not been resolved as yet, which is a similar situation – unfair dismissal. We are waiting yet again, exercising great levels of patience and goodwill in situations where it is not being reciprocated.”
The Barbados Union of Teachers, which also has membership at St Leonard’s, is not involved in the discussions. However, president Pedro Shepherd told the DAILY NATION the union was monitoring the developments, and stood ready to join in solidarity if the need arose. (YB)
STEDSON RED PLASTIC BAG WILTSHIRE will not be donning red, blue or any other colour as a candidate for a political party anytime soon.
Bag said a swift “no” yesterday morning when the question was posed at an official media launch of his two-year-old Red Foundation at Pure Ocean Restaurant, Divi Southwinds Hotel, St Lawrence, Christ Church.
“I would prefer not to move on to politics. I believe that I can make a contribution to Barbados and the world by the things I do, my music, by helping people as much as I can. I don’t think I need to have the stress of going to Parliament. Not at all.”
Bag said he had been involved in giving back for his entire career and had