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Government wants to reduce the possibility of industrial action among teachers in new school term


The Cabinet invited the Director of Education, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, the President, the General Secretary and two other officials of the Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers (ABUT) to its meeting, in an effort to provide assurances and to reduce the possibility of any industrial action in the new term.

After very intense discussions it was agreed that the Union rep, two Ministers, a survey team from Lands and Survey, and other officials will meet on Tuesday at the Sir Novelle Richards Academy to determine the boundaries of the School, and to begin erecting a fence around the school shortly thereafter.

The Union is also of the view that in the process of the reclassification of a number greater than three (teachers), remains unclassified.

While that finding was refuted by the Minister of Education, there was agreement that the number receiving pay increases as a result of the reclassification may be much higher.

The Treasury has been making payments on the basis of its abilities. The issue of greater security to be achieved by planting more cameras, at six identified schools, has not yet been consummated.

The Cabinet promised a greater determination to achieve the desired outcomes.

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At the end of Cabinet’s meeting, members learned that all the cameras needed arrived at the airport this Wednesday afternoon and installation will continue.

The Minister responsible for Technology has agreed to ensure that all challenges which may be encountered while placing the cameras in strategic places, around the schools, will be overcome quickly in order to ensure the schools’ greater security.

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