Not good enough
Union to advertise Externally to fill General Secretary post
The next general secretary of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) will come from outside the union.
Barbados TODAY understands that the union’s National Council was last night informed that none of the candidates who appeared before the interviewing panel last week fully met the requirements and the position will therefore be advertised externally.
It is understood that it was also decided that, under the circumstances, Roslyn Smith who was a no-show at last week’s interviews, would continue to act as general secretary for another six months.
Longstanding trade unionist Delcia Burke has also been confirmed in her position to act as deputy general secretary for another six months.
Meanwhile, senior industrial relations officer, Wayne Walrond, who reportedly performed creditably at the interview, has been appointed to act as assistant general secretary of the union. When contacted last night, Smith confirmed that the three acting appointments would run until August and the union would be looking outside for a successor to Dennis Clarke who went into pre-retirement leave last year.
While Smith was a no-show at last week’s interview, Barbados TODAY was informed that Burke, Walrond, and education research officer Richard Greene appeared before the interviewing panel.
That panel included NUPW president Walter Maloney, attorney-at-law Samantha Cummins, former chief personnel officer Frederick Forde, and Sandra Forde.
Meanwhile, Barbados TODAY has learned that Pan-Africanist David Denny, has entered the April 1 race for the presidency of the union, joining Danny Gill, Margo Bannister, Ronnie Greaves Thorpe and Akanni McDowall.
In an interview last week, Danny Gill had questioned the “indecent haste” with which the process of interviewing for a new general secretary of Barbados’ largest public sector union was taking place.
He suggested that the interview process should be delayed until a new executive council was elected.