Unions await min­istry’s re­sponse

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News -

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

IN WITH THE BAG: Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Na­tional Cul­tural Foun­da­tion, Cranston Browne (left), con­grat­u­lat­ing Red Plas­tic Bag (cen­tre) and chair­man of his Red Foun­da­tion, Alvin Jem­mott, at the of­fi­cial launch yes­ter­day. (Picture by Reco Moore.)

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