UPDATE-NUPW members quarantined
Executive members of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) were late this evening being transported to the Ebola Centre as a precautionary measure, after they came into contact with a “mysterious package” sent to the NUPW’s headquarters.
The disclosure was made by the 2nd Vice President of the NUPW, Fabian Jones, who posted the following message on his Facebook page:
“I am currently quarantined at the NUPW with other members of the executive and some secretariat members. It appears to be some kind of chemical attack. We received a mysterious package with a white substance in newspaper pages with threatening messages on the inside and it appears to be affecting us in different ways. My chest is tight and my skin is a lil itchy. Awaiting transport to the Ebola Center for a hose down as a precautionary [measure].”
Jones, who also posted pictures of himself in protective gear, said: “The package had some threats about finishing us off one by one and some specific threats were made to our President Akanni McDowall and also the Leader of the Opposition [Mia Mottley].
“This is getting very serious. Why take it to this level? Is this what you get when you stand up? Anyhow I will not be yielding to any intimidation. From all accounts it appears to be clearly politically motivated. Massa always gets another slave to do his dirty work. After all the negative labels we got for standing up, I am tempted to think that someone wants to silence us. I remain steadfast in the struggle, however. Do not worry . . . . I am blessed.”
Police are currently investigating the discovery, which comes against the backdrop of a bitter impasse between the NUPW and the Government over recent retrenchments in the public sector.
The union has been threatening to stage a national shutdown over the impasse.