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The Caribbean Union of Teachers is 79 years old. The organization came into being on August 21, 1935, at its inaugural meeting in Trinidad and Tobago as the West Indies Teachers’ Association. This came at a time in the Caribbean history when the working class was intensifying its efforts to dismantle the colonial apparatus in its struggle for improvement of living conditions of workers. The CUT has always reflected and symbolized the spirit of Caribbean unity, which mirrors the historical and cultural experiences of the region. 


A Resolutions Committee will be named at the first session of the Conference and will receive and prepare resolutions for presentation to the Conference. Units that have resolutions prior to the conference may submit these to the Secretariat by July 12.


COUNTDOWN TO CONFERENCE! ONLY 32 DAYS AWAY! The 36th Biennial Conference of CUT will convene in Georgetown, Guyana, on August 5, 2013. Conference-related events will begin with the Women’s Conference on August 5 and conclude with the final session of the Conference on...

Conference Advisory

36th BIENNIAL CONFERENCE ADVISORY All units are advised that the venue for the business sessions has been changed from the Guyana Pegasus to the Princess International Hotel, East Bank Demerara. Current quotes for accommodation are: (a) Standard Single Rooms- $86.00...

Belinda Wilson is Returned as President of BUT

Following the keenly contested elections of the Bahamas Union of Teachers on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, the unofficial results confirmed that Belinda Wilson has been reelected as President of the BUT for a third consecutive term, beating her arch rival and now former...

E.I’s President Named as Keynote Speaker for 36th Biennial CUT Conference

The Caribbean Union of Teachers has named Susan Hopgood as the keynote speaker for its 36th Biennial Conference in Georgetown, Guyana from 4-9 August, 2013.

hopgoodSusan Hopgood is both President of Education International (EI) and the Federal Secretary of the Australian Education Union (AEU). The AEU has a membership of 181,000 teachers and education workers in pre-schools, schools and vocational education institutions across the public sector in Australia.

Susan first started her career teaching mathematics in secondary schools in Victoria, Australia in 1974. She joined the VSTA (now named the AEU) as a young teacher, and became an active member and union representative at school, regional and state levels. In 1985, she began working with the union full-time in the position of Women’s Officer, a job she held until 1993.

Since then, Susan has held a number of positions in the education union: Victorian Branch General Secretary from 1993–1995; AEU Federal Women’s Officer from 1995–1996; and Deputy Federal Secretary from 1996–2006, during which time her responsibilities included international relations. She was elected Federal Secretary of the AEU in 2006, the first woman to achieve that position.