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BUT head ‘not afraid of a fight’


Dale Forde

BUT head ‘not afraid of a fight’

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On January 22, a petition with 20 signatures and calling for the head of president Sean Spencer, was submitted to the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT). It cited his failure to represent the interests of teachers.

Speaking to the Sunday Sun from the union’s Merryhill, Welches, St Michael headquarters on Friday, Spencer said he was taking the issue in stride, dealing with it in a calm and rational way.

“I grew up in The Pine. I am not afraid of a fight; but I am not prone to knee-jerk reactions either,” he said.

Spencer acknowledged that the petition was an attack on his leadership style, which seems more reserved than that of his two immediate predecessors, Karen Best and Pedro Shepherd. A fiery Best was the longest-serving president, holding the post for close to a decade before taking up the position of Chief Education Officer, while a very visible Shepherd held the reins for six years. (DF)

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