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Nov 12, 2018

Will Teachers’ Pay Get Docked After Demonstration?

Will protesting teachers be docked a day’s pay for last Wednesday’s demonstration?  Senator Elena Smith told the media that it is their hope that the respective managements will not deduct teachers’ salaries. 



“Was there any discussion brought up regarding the recent protest, whether or not they would instruct managers to dock pay from teachers?”


Elena Smith, National President, B.N.T.U.

“No we did not, we did not discuss that matter at all, but we do trust that better heads will prevail and that managements would not, you know, make that decision.”


Elena Smith


“But is clear, previously that there was no acceptance from the minister regarding the items that were on the table.  So they fully accept that they were wrong, the officials?”


Elena Smith

“Well I’m not sure if they were saying that they were wrong.  We are just saying that the matters that we raised are matters of concern and that we had previously agreed that we would be addressing them and so today was just for us to chart that way forward on how we are going to address those matters.”



“So for the subsequent meetings you plan to have the entire representatives or at least a representative from the different branches?”


Elena Smith

“Depending on what we are going to be discussing because some of the matters have to do with our negotiating team and so then that group will be for those meetings and then and so the other ones we’ll have our president attending those meetings.”

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