Former educator Dr. Virginia Albert-Poyotte has officially resigned as General Secretary of the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) following several calls to do so by members.
St. Lucia News Online (SNO) has received reports that the former Saint Lucia Teachers’ Union (SLTU) president tendered her resignation on Friday following a three-day executive meeting held in St. Kitts.
This move comes weeks after two unions from the CUT demanded that the Saint Lucia-born executive resign her post, over several issues, mainly due to “conflict of interest”.
SNO understands that Dr. Poyotte took it upon herself to resign after the issue was brought up for discussion at the recent meeting and supported by several other unions.
The Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers (A&BUT) had written the CUT expressing its disappointment with the fact that Dr. Poyotte held dual roles as a CUT executive and a government employee.
The A&BUT believes that there was a deliberate attempt to conceal information that Dr. Poyotte was a serving member of the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) of St. Lucia.
The union also raised concerns over Dr. Poyotte’s appointment as a full-time employee of Education International and resigning from the teaching service of St. Lucia.
The A&BUT said she should not have accepted the nomination for the post of general secretary of the CUT at the 2013 biennial conference in Guyana, nor the last biennial held August of this year.
The Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) had also raised similar concerns, stating that they would like to see the issue addressed at the soonest possible time.
Reports suggests that the current Deputy General Secretary Leah St. Helen-Phulgence should be the acting General Secretary until a new person is elected to that position.
SNO was unable to reach Dr. Poyotte for a comment. She is due to return to the island shortly.