Union files complaint over fingerprinting

POSTED: 06/15/12 12:31 PM

St. Maarten – President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (Witu) will be filing an official complaint at the Department of Labor and seeking mediation on behalf of teachers falling under the Foundation for Academic and Vocational Education (Fave). The teachers are upset that they are being required to scan their fingerprint as a means of registering their attendance at school.

Filing the complaint is the latest step in a struggle between the union and the school board. The union has already met the board on the matter and suggested that they find an alternative means of registering attendance. But in recent times the school board has sent the teachers a letter “threatening” that if they don’t use the fingerprint system the board will make deductions from their salaries.

“The teachers disapprove of the fingerprinting because they have no guarantees that the information can’t be tampered with. This is a process I consider illegal. A school cannot insert new labor conditions without discussion and agreement,” Elshot said.

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