Poyotte: Many lessons to be learned from public service wage negotiations

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Poyotte: Many lessons to be learned from public service wage negotiations
Poyotte. * caribbeanteachers.com photo
Poyotte. * caribbeanteachers.com photo

A career educator and trade unionist believes the ongoing wage negotiations between civil servants and government hold lessons to be learned.

Virginia Albert Poyotte said based on the events in the process, the Trade Union Federation (UF) has some restructuring to do.

The move to go independent by the Police Welfare Association, Poyotte believes certainly influenced the decision taken by the teachers. She said the issue can be complex for union leaders, who are faced with the challenge of adhering to their membership and staying the course under an umbrella body.

While Poyotte does not believe that the TUF has been weakened as an organization because of the police move, she notes that the situation has unearthed deficiencies in its structure.

Poyotte, who served as president of the St. Lucia teachers Union (SLTU) on several executives, said she is proud of the union members who have demonstrated the true tenets of the SLTU.

Teachers, she said, have always stood their ground on principles with transparent leadership.

The facts of the negotiation process, she noted, were presented to members who in turn made an informed decision.

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  1. Grace u calling her a suesah that's name calling help your fellow St Lucians do not degrade them express your intelligence only Ignorance we do not need.

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  2. This woman is such an opportunistic HACK. Note how this time around she has not taken any sides? Even in her veiled praise of teachers she has not expressed solidarity nor does she intimate any soupcon of understanding their plight. Rewind a few years before and you found her open, in the forefront, demonstrating and with boots on the ground - even a bit antagonistically "defending" teachers and public servants. She was just defending de party and her bread and butter. Send this T-Rex (not just because she looks like one), along with Flavia Cherry and other opportunists to the doldrums.

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  3. What is it that you are really implying? I read the article, but still can't come up with what you are saying.

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  4. lady poyotte there comes a time u and the members must come to a reasonable term remember u all need one another.

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