Outgoing President of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers’ Union (SVGTU), Wendy Bynoe has asserted that there is no internal fighting within the SVGTU, contrary to suppositions that have been floating around.
Speaking via telephone on the WakeUp Call on Wednesday (Apr. 22), Bynoe noted that there may be differences of opinions but that does not necessarily equate to internal fighting.
“I’m not sure about internal fighting. Everybody would always have differences of opinion,” Bynoe maintained.
National elections of the SVGTU took place on February 25th and 26th, 2020. The 21st Biennial Convention will take place on April 30th at 9am, after being forced to re-schedule from April 2nd, due to global pandemic COVID-19, Bynoe informed.
The convention will now be held virtually via teleconferencing platform Zoom, after advice from the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment regarding social and physical distancing.
Bynoe explained that certain measures have to be put in place the facilitate the virtual event.
“Technical issues have to be ironed out; members have to be informed about this Zoom link; we have to ensure that when the presenter is presenting, he or she doesn’t get dropped, you know, there were some issues to be ironed out.”
Responding to a question asked about why and how claims began circulating regarding a SVGTU convention on April 23rd, Bynoe said “I am not sure,” noting that she could not say where the misinformation came from.
The educator took the opportunity to invite every member of the SVGTU to join the convention. She informed that links will be sent to members with instructions on registering.
Bynoe, who is also the Second Vice President of the Caribbean Union of Teachers, informed that once the incoming officer has been installed, everything will be handed over.
“All the Facebook page, everything is handed over to the incoming executive, because there is a process. Everything will be handed over and the new executive will take their two years in office and I wish them all the best.”
“…This is our union, this is the union that has to fight for the rights of teachers of which I am a member,” the outgoing President expressed, noting that she has no ill-feelings whatsoever.
Responding to speculations about the impeachment of a president of the SVGTU, Bynoe again said she was unsure.
Incoming President of the SVGTU is Oswald Robinson, after being voted by members of the union.