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On notice

Child care board warned by NUPW of possible industiral action

by Emmanuel Joseph

The National Union of Public Workers has put the Child Care Board on notice of possible industrial action.

General-Secretary of the NUPW, Denis Clarke, told Barbados TODAY this afternoon, that if it was unable to reach agreement with the board soon over what he claimed to be instances of supersession, the union would take whatever action it deemed necessary to bring the matter to a head.

Clarke is accusing “some people” within the statutory institution of victimising its officers by seeking to block them from moving up the ranks.

He blamed the management for “creating a dispute over a non-dispute”, by disregarding the advise of the Public Service Commission and the Barbados Accreditation Council in refusing to honour the qualifications of its officers.

“These officers undertook studies in various aspects of child care, which would allow them to qualify for promotions, but management is saying the qualification are not social work degrees, so they shouldn’t go into senior positions,” explained the NUPW boss.

However, Clarke insisted that the Public Service Commission and the union had accepted that while that may have been applicable “in times gone by”, the situation had changed over the years.

“It’s a biased situation. Some people don’t want to see officers move through the ranks. Even though the NUPW had met with the Ministry of the Civil Service and the

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