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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.

Roslyn Smith will continue as acting general secretary for now.

Roslyn Smith will continue as acting general secretary for now.

Longstanding trade unionist Delcia Burke has also been confirmed in her position to act as deputy general secretary for another six months.

Delcia Burke is acting as deputy  general secretary.

Delcia Burke is acting as deputy general secretary.

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.

Wayne Walrond is acting as assistant general secretary.

Wayne Walrond is acting as assistant general secretary.

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.

2 Responses to Not good enough

  1. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall February 28, 2015 at 7:07 am

    This is not fair , one of the reason the members need to make a drastic exit . I see how this union was operating and I pull out , no vision for the workers to much politrick.

  2. Maxine Hutchinson February 28, 2015 at 10:54 am

    As a people, we fail to accept that we have to pay for our deceitful and “cut throat” actions. I can smell the trail of destruction was has been left in the path of those who now make application for positions.

    Somehow, many of us are led always to be believe that as long as you are in management that your words and actions denote a gospel. There are also times when persons are upheld – knowingly – in their conceited actions to destroy the lives of others in order that their friends who are of their same persuasion, would fall in line behind them. I want to remind such persons that “payback time is upon you – actually the process has begun already”. To those of you who are applicants for the posts, pray earnestly that the hearts and minds of the interviewing panel would reflect what the Cosmic has decreed and not what man has designed out of their wicked minds.


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