Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley recently stated that he prefers if restive civil servants contact his office instead of the local media when they have issues.
The Premier made the statement last week as he spoke to the media about a sit-in staged by teachers at the Elmore Stoutt High School.
Premier Wheatley said he supported the teachers’ call for improved work spaces but asked them to contact him instead of the media when they are facing issues on the job.
“One thing I addressed to the teachers, before you call JTV, ZBVI and BVI News, and before you take any type of protest action, call me. If you feel like your grievances are not being heard on the level you’re addressing them, call me and get me involved,” Premier Wheatley said.
“I’m going to sit down and bring everybody around the table and see how we can get these issues resolved, because people take these types of actions when they feel they don’t have a voice and they feel as though their voices aren’t being heard.”
The Premier said he recently gave airport workers the same advice after they became restive some weeks ago.
The teachers were protesting issues they say make their work environment uncomfortable. They also said the issues were affecting their mental health amid a plethora of targets they are required to meet as educators.
After the protest action, Premier Wheatley said he was hearing of the issues for the first time. However, the teachers maintain that these are issues they have been bringing to the attention of the government for some years now.
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