Elshot seeks re-election

POSTED: 10/12/12 1:20 PM

St. Maarten – President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union Claire Elshot will be postulating for the upcoming elections of her union that are expected to be held soon. Prior to these elections she will be meeting with her members to advise them of the upcoming elections since there is need for new members of the board, said Elshot. She has been the president of the Teachers Union since January 1994 and sees her return to the helm of the organization as important “especially for continuity and her achievements on the issues.”

Elshot recently returned from a working visit to Aruba where she met with representatives of the teachers unions from Aruba and Curacao.
The discussions in Aruba focused on collective labor agreements for teachers in education and the cost of living adjustment.  Elshot plans to meet with her board to apprise the members about the developments in Aruba.

She noted that the government has indicated that the current system of cost of living adjustment is unsustainable but that the unions have been asked to come up with alternatives. The Witu has been involved in the discussions with the Windward Islands Civil Servants Unions (Wicsu) in the advisory body GOA.

In Aruba teachers have a fixed allowance that is paid out in November; in January they receive another payment.

The vacation allowance for these teachers is 8%, while the teachers in St. Maarten are still receiving 6% as vacation allowance.  Teachers in Aruba also have 10 days at their disposal every year for personal business. That prevents them from applying for sick leave to meet their obligations.

If the teachers do not use all 10 days they could cash in on them,” said Elshot.

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