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Teachers Union Bust Up

The Annual General Meeting of The Bahamas Union of Teachers got off to a messy start over the weekend as teachers claimed poor organization on the part of top union officials created chaos and confusion.

The official opening ceremony takes place today and over the weekend delegates gathered at the Melia Nassau Hotel for pre-registration and caucus.

One of the big items on this year’s agenda is addressing the fate of suspended President Belinda Wilson.

On Sunday delegates caucused and appointed members that will serve on the appeals committee that hear the Wilson matter.

However, the Journal understands that this process was hindered because Interim President Zain Lightbourne attempted to take over the meeting despite there being an appointed chairperson.

“This was a complete mess and chaos and the teachers were very upset,” said Shop Steward Vandia Moss.

“Mr. Lightbourne tried to take over the meeting and the delegates are quite capable of conducting their own meeting.”

Ms. Moss said there were also issues of teachers being unable to register and she said the exercises appeared much disorganized.

“People were being turned around and having to move from room to room because there was a lot of confusion about where sessions were being held,” she said.

“We were not able to caucus until late Sunday evening in what should have taken place much earlier in the day.

Mrs. Wilson has been on suspension amid accusations of misappropriation of union funds – charges she has denied.

She has also maintained that she will be exonerated and she appears confident that she will be returned president.


Written by Jones Bahamas

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