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Jan 23, 2013

Finnegan says B.N.T.U. has a right to demonstrate

Michael Finnegan

We also asked Minister Finnegan to weigh in on the issue and he says he supports a national demonstration which is well within their democratic rights.


Michael Finnegan, Mesopotamia Area Representative

“If the teachers feel aggrieve, the teachers have a right to demonstrate. This is how our democracy work in our country and I know for a fact that I know what is the financial state of the country. I, for one, would like to see the teachers receive benefits that they are asking for, but if the government at this time is not in a position to do it then the government cannot do it. That doesn’t make the teachers the enemy of the state; the enemy of the Ministry of Education or the enemy of the government. We don’t view it in that way at all. So we think and I repeat that they have a right to their views. We have the numbers and we know what the government can do and what they cannot do. And we will not come out here and blast the teachers and why dehn this and that. I don’t believe in that at all. The teachers are asking for a raise. They believe they need a raise. I might want to agree with them that a raise is deserving. But if the state cannot afford the raise at this time, then what can we do?”


That demonstration net week Tuesday can escalate to a strike if the unions do not get their salary adjustments.

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