Strike action has been averted at Parkinson Memorial Secondary School, at least for the time being.
A total of 39 of the 61 staffers, including deputy principal Maxine Mayers, took time from school yesterday morning to attend a meeting at the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT), where they aired grievances over the management style and other practices of principal Jeff Broomes.
After a near three-hour meeting, during which voices filled with emotion could be heard from a distance, BUT president Pedro Shepherd told journalists that the teachers would return to the classrooms today, and seek an urgent meeting with officials at the Ministry of Education on restoring a state of normalcy to Parkinson.
“The staff indicated to us that Mr Broomes was fully welcomed by them on his assignment at the Parkinson Secondary School. They also spoke of having the highest respect for the principal, but are very incensed by the management style of the principal.”
Shepherd added that while they withdrew their labour for a time, the staff had agreed to return to work yesterday afternoon. However, they got word before the meeting ended that there was an early closure of The Pine, St Michael school.
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