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BUT seeking injunction and restoration of lost wages

Belinda Wilson.

The Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) is seeking an injunction to prevent the government from cutting teachers’ salaries at Carlton E. Francis Primary School and C.H. Reeves Junior High School and restore lost wages, attorney Kahlil Parker said yesterday.

Parker, who represents the BUT, said Supreme Court Justice Bernard Turner will render a decision on the matter either on Thursday or next Tuesday.

“The applications before the court are the union’s application to have the government prevented from coding and cutting the teachers’ salaries at Carlton Francis and C.H. Reeves, and the government has sought an order that the teachers be compelled to return to work… Those are the two applications that his lordship is considering,” Parker said.

Teachers at the Carlton E. Francis Primary School have been sitting out of classes for eight weeks, claiming to have been locked out of the school’s gate.

At C.H. Reeves, teachers have been concerned with mold, water leakages in classrooms, termite and rat infestations and non-functioning bathrooms.

The union has been vocal of this issue since last November.

In July, Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd assured that the school would be ready for classes in September.

However, BUT President Belinda Wilson said that there are still concerns on the campus.

Outside of court, Wilson told reporters, “I’m happy that we had an opportunity for justice for our teachers, and we look forward to the ruling in short order.” 

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