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Teachers’ docked pay restored


Donna Sealy

Teachers’ docked pay restored
Barbados Union of Teachers president Pedro Shepherd. (Picture by Shanice King)

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Five years after having their salaries docked for attending two meetings called by their union, more than 480 members of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) will finally receive their proportional pay.

BUT president Pedro Shepherd informed the teachers on Friday via a live press statement on its YouTube channel that they had scored the victory over what he called the “unfair practice”.

In 2017, the union took the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation to court, seeking restoration of  the monies deducted from hundreds of teachers after they had attended meetings at the BUT’s Merry Hill, Welches, St Michael headquarters on April 29 and in Queen’s Park on May 4 to discuss grievances.

The action was taken after the union’s leadership had repeatedly sought meetings with then Minister of Education Ronald Jones to discuss issues such as the poor state of schools, the lack of resources and general issues impacting education. (DS)

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