According to officials in the St. Kitts Teachers Union, SKTU, the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement was presented by SKTU President, Mr. Ron Dublin-Collins to the Minister of Education, Mr. Nigel Carty, during their recently monthly meeting.
President Collins told Minister Carty that, “The purpose of this agreement is to establish a framework in which salaries, allowances and benefits to teachers and other relevant conditions of service may be negotiated; to ensure proper working/learning conditions for the proper settlement of those grievances which do not fall within the constitutional responsibilities of the Public Service Commission.”
Collins said that the St Kitts Teachers’ Union and the Ministry of Education recognize that this agreement will serve to foster harmonious industrial relations between Employer and Union and provide the machinery for cooperation in the interest of education as a whole and teachers in particular, within the context of the Government’s responsibilities towards the entire Public Service.
The Agreement is also intended to assist the members of the teaching profession to attain a high level of professionalism by providing a suitable climate for imparting knowledge, skills and attitudes. The Agreement is intended also to impress upon members of the Teaching Profession the need for a deep sense of commitment and responsibility, bearing in mind the serious charge of shaping the destinies of present and future generations that rests upon their shoulders.”
The Minister praised the union for its collaborative approach and assured the executive body that he will continue to work diligently in order to ensure the level of professionalism is raised and the quality of education in the federation continues to improve.