26th May, 2016
BSTU’s Response to the directive to Secretary Treasurers re Salary Deductions of some BUT members.
It is with great consternation that the BSTU was made aware of the contents of a letter to the various Secretary-Treasurers from the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, dated 6th May, 2016 and captioned Salary Deductions. This correspondence constituted an instruction that the salaries “ of those officers, who attended without permission, the Barbados Union of Teachers Meetings held on April 29th and May 4th 2016, respectively should be proportionately abated for the month of May, 2016.” The authority quoted for such action being based on General Orders section 3.3.2. This section states that “the pay of an officer or employee may be proportionately abated for any part of a day or period of absence from the job without permission or without satisfactory explanation for such absence.” It is my understanding that today, 26th May, 2016 some teachers in the system received pay cheques reflecting one day’s deduction with the second deduction to occur in June, 2016.