Education trade union Sitek gives Government ultimatum
WILLEMSTAD - Some 200 members of the education trade union Sitek (Sindikato di Trahadó den Edukashon na Kòrsou) were gathered yesterday morning, Monday, February 22, 2016, at the union’s headquarters in Steenen Koraal.
The action, which was called by the union, is to protest against the current situation in the education sector on the island. The union gave the government until 10 o’clock today to respond to the action.
The union has put eight action points on paper. As long as the government has not indicated what will happen to these points, the union remains in action, says Sitek President Darius 'Lio' Plantijn this morning.
The action items include information on a new collective agreement for the education, safety in schools, evaluation of educational innovations, raising the retirement age for teachers to 65 years, the new early retirement arrangements, professional development for teachers and holiday arrangement measures for the sector.
According to Plantijn the teachers feel that the government has too little attention to the problems they face.
“We want to make it clear to the government that we mean business. Education Minister Irene Dick said during the meeting of the Standing Committee for Education in Parliament that she agrees with all of our points, but now she says on the radio that she does not understand why we have called this strike and that our action alone is motivated by the fact that a second union, the STSK (union for non-teaching staff in the education sector) is also meeting with her. This says a lot about the way the government thinks about this issue,” says Plantijn.