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BUT ‘Work-To-Rule’ Continues

The Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) has ordered its members to remain on the “work to rule” it imposed last week, in a further push to have the government resolve its outstanding matters.

The union has accused the government of “showing a nonchalant attitude towards its concerns.

“The Bahamas Union of Teachers has been trying to resolve many issues over the past few months on behalf of its members and all efforts have proven fruitless,” the union said in a statement yesterday.

“The president and her team filed trade disputes and have been to the Department of Labour for weeks in conciliation, a two-and-half-hour meeting was held with Prime Minister Perry Christie and Minister Shane Gibson on October 16, 2013 outlining all concerns.

“The union then followed up this meeting with a 15 page letter. As a result, another meeting was held on October 25, 2013 for over five hours with the Minister Gibson and his team and to date, none of these issues have been resolved. Recommendations from the Department of Labour have been ignored, and the BUT is of the view that if these recommendations were adhered to then some of these matters would not still be outstanding.”

Last week, the BUT announced it had made a formal complaint to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and that it also planned to take the matter to court.

Union officials met with the prime minister again this past Friday and expressed optimism that their concerns will be addressed in a timely manner.

Meanwhile, the BUT has scheduled a general meeting at its Walker’s Hall headquarters on Bethel Avenue on Wednesday at 4:00p.m.

Work-to-rule means that teachers will continue to report to work at 8:45 a.m. and leave at 3:15p.m.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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