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.