It was agreed that while a long-term solution has to be determined, the present conditions are not conducive to teaching and learning and a solution must be quickly arrived at. Among other concerns, there are a number of visible cracks in the campus buildings which make them structurally unsound and unsafe.
The GPWU team led by President, Bro. Brian Grimes emphasized that while all factors should be considered, a workable solution must be arrived at, on or before the start of the August semester. The President noted the need for better facilities and pledged the union’s support in working together with the Ministry of Education to ensure that staff and students operate in a safe and comfortable environment, free of occupational hazards.
Minister Pierre commended the union for the professional approach taken in addressing the issue of the Six Roads Campus. Pierre assured that the issue is a top priority for her Ministry and that work had already commenced in looking at the problem in its entirety, for the best possible solution.
Permanent Secretary Norman Gilbert, pledged a collaborative approach and has agreed to provide the union with timely updates on the matter. Gilbert informed that the Ministry has already conducted preliminary site visits and assessment of the buildings and that another visit by Ministry officials is being planned for the coming weeks. It is expected that an executive member of the GPWU will join the Ministry’s team for that visit.
The GPWU commends shop steward representative for the Tanteen Campus, Sis. Alpha Farray, for her diligence in the matter and will remain vigilant until this matter is fully resolved.
Grenada Public Workers’ Union (GPWU)