IT WAS NEVER a secret!
That was the response from president of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU), Mary Redman, to Minister of Industry and Commerce Donville Inniss, who on Sunday accused the union, and specifically her, of threatening to shut down the school system because of nepotism.
Redman told the DAILY NATION she and her son, the BSTU member at the centre of the grievance procedure brought against The St Michael School, declared their hand to the wider membership just over a year ago when the action was initiated. She said the fact that the member was her son was a non-issue.
“The union represents workers, and the fact that there is any familial relationship to any officer of any union should not be used against that person as a worker. And even where persons are not members, the union represents them. The BSTU has represented non-members, even outside of the teaching profession. Recently I sat on behalf of a hotel worker, who specifically asked me to go with them,” Redman said, adding she recused herself from some of the meetings on the matter of her son. (YB)
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