Unions Protest In St Vincent

Members of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers’ Union, The Public Service Union and the Police Welfare held a joint protest outside the House of Parliament on Tuesday. The organizations are up in arms against  government concerning salary negotiations and unfair treatment.

The protests comes on the heels of a recent court victory by three teachers Addison Thomas, Kenroy Johnson and Elvis Daniel who were forced to resign their jobs to contest the 2010 general elections on the opposition NDP ticket.

The Collective Bargaining agreement however said that they were entitled to six months no-pay election leave. The agreement was signed with the Teachers’ Union in 2005 under the Ralph Gonsalves administration.

The teachers’ union took the matter to court, but Justice Brian Cottle threw out the case, calling it a “hopeless” fight. However, the Court of Appeal ruled on Tuesday that Justice Cottle erred in his decision.

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