Bermuda's teachers have voted to take a 10 per cent salary cut for a year as government battles to deal with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Bermuda Union of Teachers (BUT) and associated staff unanimously backed the move at a special general membership meeting.
One teacher at the meeting, who asked not to be named, told reporters that it was agreed that the salary cut would start in September when schools are due to reopen.
However, the president of BUT, Nishanthi Bailey declined to comment on the negotiations.
Premier David Burt said earlier this week that belt-tightening measures faced by all government employees would not affect take-home pay.
He added: 'I do not wish to classify this as a pay cut, it is savings.
'There is no public officer who will be taking home less funds with the proposal that is going forward from the government to the union membership for ratification.'
News of the BUT agreement came after Commissioner of Education Kalmar Richards was forced on Monday to retract a claim that the BUT could not go ahead with the meeting...