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St Leonard’s again

ANTOINETTE CONNELL, [email protected]

St Leonard’s again

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FIVE MONTHS AFTER the entire board of the St Leonard’s Boys’ School resigned, one of the contentious matters has resurfaced.

And now the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has stepped in and is threatening industrial action over the firing of a clerk typist at the all-boys Richmond, St Michael secondary school.

This follows repeated complaints by school staff over the actions of a “political appointee”, including the sacking of the clerk.

Yesterday, days before the scheduled start of the school year, NUPW assistant general secretary Wayne Walrond said industrial action was very likely to follow if the matter involving the clerk typist was not rectified.

Today that officer – who does not want her name revealed – on the advice of the union, is expected to turn up for work at the school after receiving a termination letter dated August 29. She had worked in the post since September 1, 2014, with her contract being renewed yearly, but said the actions of the “political appointee” had forced her out.

“We are very dismayed at the lack of process and natural justice. If this happens, then all [similar] public officers could be dismissed,” Walrond told the DAILY NATION as he also expressed disappointment at the treatment of the officer. (AC)

Read the full story in today’s DAILY NATION, or in the eNATION edition.