The Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union, BSTU, has warned Government against laying off any temporary teachers who it represents.
The union says if such action is taken “it will be advising parents of students in our school system that our members will not be in a position to substitute for those laid off, with all the inherent implications of such a situation.”
In a statement issued a short while ago, the BSTU urged its members to disregard rumours that 150 temporary teachers would be retrenched.
The rumours stem from an email dated December 30, 2013 that was reportedly sent from the office of the deputy chief education officer to all principals requesting that they submit a list of all temporary teachers as well as the subjects they teach to the Ministry of Education.
However, the union is urging its members not to panic.
“The BSTU is saying to our members that we have been given the strict personal assurance of the minister of finance on two separate occasions that teachers would not be touched in this draconian process. This was corroborated at the level of the Sub-committee of the Social Partnership,” the union stated. “The BSTU is asking its members to demonstrate trust in those assurances given to us from that level. We are asking them not to panic and to resume, in their normal professional manner, their duties with the good faith that we demand to be reciprocated from the powers that be.”
Members of the union are scheduled to attend staff meetings on Monday.