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Belinda Wilson Suspended From Union Post

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson has been suspended from her post for six months for “violations,” the union said yesterday.

According to the union, the suspension took effect at 12:04pm yesterday. “The executive committee also wishes to announce that we have suspended the Treasurer, Lorraine Knowles, for a total of four months for similar violations. At this time we would like to assure our membership that our present negotiations with the government of the Bahamas on their behalf and the normal operations of the union will not be affected,” the union said.

Several calls placed to Ms Wilson were not answered up to press time. However, The Tribune understands that she plans to make an official statement on the matter today.

According to Bahamas Public Services Union (BPSU) President John Pinder, the suspension of a union president and treasurer at the same time is unprecedented, at least during his time as a unionist.

“I would hope that at the end of the day the matter is resolved favourably,” he said yesterday when asked for comment.

In 2013, Ms Wilson was re-elected as leader of the BUT for her third term. At the time, she faced a challenge from union Secretary General Stephen McPhee.

In March 2013, Mr McPhee said union members had expressed concerns about more benefits, additional educational opportunities and had queries over the transparency with the union’s finances.

Mr McPhee has also previously claimed to have not had access to the union’s financial records.

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TheMadHatter 4 years, 9 months ago

We dont' get to see the money that Govt takes from us either. Where does it go? Even the Shadow Minister of Finance does not have the authority to go into Ministry of Finance and ask for example - how much money was spent on police vehicle repair from Jan 1 2014 thru June 30th 2014 - or any other such question. Unions are just following the example set by Government. It is the same in the United States. There is nowhere you can go to, for example, to find out the same information on F.B.I. vehicle repair for that period of time.

Citizens are slaves. Accept it and act accordingly.

TheMadHatter

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GrassRoot 4 years, 9 months ago

this is outrageous, a democratically elected leader seems to have pursued actions that were not in the best interest of her constituency. She must be removed from her post!

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Stapedius 4 years, 9 months ago

She'll find her way back. She always does. A jungaliss with no bridle or bit.

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