NATIONAL CONGRESS OF TRADE UNIONS OF THE BAHAMAS

“Uniting Workers Vision for a Better Bahamas”
President – Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson 1st Vice President – Theresa Mortimer 2nd Vice President – Hubert Saunders 3rd Vice President – Nelerene Harding 4th Vice President G.B. – John Curtis General Secretary – Robert Farquharson Asst. General Secretary – Mario Curry Treasurer – Melony Munnings Asst. Treasurer – Ida Poitier-Turnquest Trustee – Ronnie Ambrister Trustee – Carmen Munnings-Kemp Trustee – Stephano Greene

President Women’s Branch – Ms. Hellena Cartwright Horseshoe Drive P. O. Box GT-2887 Ph# (242) 356-7459 – Fax# (242) 356-7457 Email: office@nctu-bahamas.org or ncongress@hotmail.com Website: nctu-bahamas.org Affiliated: Caribbean Congress of Labour Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions Inc.

NCTUB Press Statement
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The Bahamas Union of Teachers and The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
Sunday, September 8, 2013 For Immediate Release The National Congress of Trade Unions Bahamas (NCTUB) wishes to advise the public that it condemns the recent lockout of The Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology at the Anatol Rodgers High School. The way that the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology handled the situation by calling the Royal Bahamas Police Force to the School is not in keeping with the spirit of democracy, industrial harmony, rights of workers, as well as the Industrial Agreement signed by the Bahamas Union of Teachers and the government of The Bahamas. This blatant disregard for workers’ rights is another example of unfair and unequal treatment towards the Bahamas Union of Teachers by the employer, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and by extension the government of the Bahamas. The Congress, in keeping with accepted standards of industrial relations, knows that the matter could have been dealt with and resolved through social dialogue and meetings with both parties.

NCTUB Press Release September 8, 2013 Page 2

The Congress calls on the Minister of Labour and National Insurance, The Hon. D. Shane Gibson to take urgent and immediate steps to coordinate with his Cabinet colleague who has ministerial responsibilities for the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and encourage him to meet with their partner in education, the Bahamas Union of Teachers. In keeping with the International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions signed by The Bahamas which speak to tripartism and, in particular, social dialogue between both parties, the Congress wishes to advise that it is only through these mechanisms and meetings with both parties that this matter will be resolved. The education of all Bahamian children is important to all workers in the country but the Congress will not tolerate one of its presidents being locked out of any workplace. We hereby call on the Prime Minister and, more specifically, the Minister of Labour and National Insurance, to ensure that this entire matter is resolved so that all parties concerned can have industrial harmony in the workplace. Failure to do so will result in the Congress calling on its affiliates to turn out in mass numbers to support the Bahamas Union of Teachers. In solidarity,

Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson President, NCTUB

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