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Teachers taking protest to the Chief Personnel Officer
The more than 30 striking teachers of the Alexandra School will be walking in protest to the office of the Chief Personnel Officer (CPO), located at the corner of Collymore Rock and Culloden Road, St. Michael this morning.
The Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) members “will be walking from the Union’s headquarters to deliver a response to the CPO’s letter, which was sent to the Union today (yesterday)”.
This letter, BSTU President, Mary-Anne Redman, told The Barbados Advocate, was a response to the Union’s letter dated December 7, asking for an urgent meeting. “The CPO has not set a date for the meeting up to now. So tomorrow (today) we will be walking to her office to deliver our response.”
Yesterday marked the fifth day of industrial action by the BSTU, which saw angered teachers from three secondary schools joining their colleagues from the Alexandra School at the Union’s headquarters, after being notified by their respective principals that they would not permit union meetings after lunch time.
There was standing room only at the Patrick Frost Centre, at 8th Avenue Belleville, St. Michael yesterday afternoon when teachers from Harrison College, Queen’s College and the Alleyne School converged at the location.
The teachers were originally to conduct lunch time meetings until the end of the school day yesterday as the BSTU intensified its industrial action. However, the letters written by the principals to their staff informed members of the Union that they would not be able to have meetings on the school premises that went beyond the lunch period.
Redman noted that over 20 teachers at the Coleridge & Parry School went outside of the school gates and continued their meeting there.
At that meeting in St. Peter, Redman declared to members that the lines have been drawn and it is “one for all and all for one!”
Redman who also addressed the other teachers who met at the Union’s headquarters said that the teachers were engaged in finding out the latest facts and members were strategising for Thursday’s action when there will be a general withdrawal of BSTU members and the picketing of the office of the Chief Personnel Officer. (AR)