President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union Mary Redman has survived a challenge to her leadership by defeating the pretender to her position in an election this afternoon.
At the tense meeting that lasted over five hours, Redman secured 84 votes, 15 more than challenger and former General Secretary Andrew Brathwaite, who was seeking to end Redman’s 11-year reign.
Following her success at the election, which was held at the National Union of Public Workers headquarters at Dalkeith, St Michael, the victorious Redman said the challenge was par for the course.
“I do not know if there was opposition as much as the team and they say themselves as a team thought that they could bring change however they envisaged that change. I wouldn’t necessarily say that we were opposed and it was simply a matter of an organization going through an evolutionary process as all organizations do,” she said, adding that the BSTU was seeking to have a meeting with the Ministry of Education to discuss outstanding matters.
“I actually spoke to the head of the civil service yesterday . . . and he is working on ensuring that a meeting does take place that we can get outstanding matters to long outstanding matters addressed as expeditiously as possible,” the re-elected president said.