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posted 8 Mar 2013, 06:07 by Gerry Kangalee

TTUTA‘s 2ND Vice President Fully Exonerated

The General Secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA), Peter Wilson, issued the following statement on March 7th 2013.

The decision of the Ministry of Education (MOE) to debar TTUTA’s 2“nd Vice President, Mr. Orville Carrington from entry into the compound of the Head Office of the MOE has been revoked. As well, the allegation of verbal abuse of a junior female employee of the MOE some two (2) months ago by Mr. Carrington has been found to be groundless and, in fact, a case of mistaken identity.

Following the powerful picket of the Head Office of the MOE on Monday March 04 by TTUTA, supported by other trade unions, and upon a written request from the Permanent Secretary of the MOE, received early on Tuesday March 05, TTUTA met with the MOE yesterday Wednesday March 06.

This meeting was held at the Capital Plaza Hotel, beginning at about 4:45 pm. TTUTA's team comprised its National Officers, including the 2nd Vice President, and the MOE‘s team was led by the Minister of Education, Dr. the Honourable Tim Gopeesingh.

There was full, frank and cordial discussion on the issues, including the actions of both the Minister and TTUTA’s 2nd Vice President at the Cunupia Secondary School, the debarring of the 2nd Vice President from the Head Office of the MOE and the MOE’s allegation of verbal abuse of one of its employees.

By the end of the meeting, the MOE agreed to rescind immediately its decision to debar Mr. Carrington from entry into the compound of the Head Office of MOE. The MOE also revealed that Mr. Carrington was never involved in the alleged verbal abuse of a junior female employee of the MOE and that, in fact, the allegation was a highly unfortunate case of mistaken identity. Further, the MOE agreed to make a public statement clearly stating this fact.

Even as TTUTA’s role as the legally recognized majority trade union for teachers and its responsibility to treat robustly and fearlessly with issues affecting education and teachers was recognized, both the MOE and 'I'T'UTA emphasized their respective commitment to work in the best interest of the education system in a spirit of cooperation and cordiality. In particular, TTUTA and the MOE agreed to have full dialogue and work towards the provision of a safe environment at the Cunupia Secondary School and the resolution of the other issues.

TTUTA feels vindicated by the decisions made at this meeting towards the resolution of the matter. It is heartened by the support of its members and the strong solidarity in action of the entire Trade Union Movement, as it sought to repel this attack on the very essence of trade union representation.

TTUTA will continue to vigorously and fearlessly defend its members and promote the cause of education.
Gerry Kangalee,
9 Mar 2013, 09:18