NUPW president not fazed by efforts to remove him

President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), Akanni McDowall, says he is not at all fazed by efforts to remove him from the helm of the country’s largest public sector trade union.

McDowall issued a clear the air statement today in response to a Barbados TODAY story published last night, which revealed that a no confidence vote was due to be brought against him.

Akanni McDowall
Akanni McDowall

One of the charges levelled by senior NUPW officials against the President is that he has been disrespecting staff, including the General Secretary and older NUPW heads, as well as acting in a dictatorial manner.

However, McDowall has called on his critics to bring “specific details and/or evidence” of this so that he could respond appropriately.

Internal sources have also accused McDowall of trying to overturn the National Council’s decision on the union’s Medicare group programme, which is due to be transferred from the Insurance Corporation of Barbados (ICBL) to Sagicor from June 1.

However, McDowall said that was simply not the case.

“In fact, I agreed with Council and facilitated all decisions made,” he told Barbados TODAY.

The NUPW president, who has just returned from Cuba on official business, pointed out that in his absence, Thursday’s meeting of the council was chaired by the NUPW’s Vice President.

“As such, I was not part of that meeting or the decisions made therein. Neither have I received minutes of that meeting to date, and hence I am unaware of the discussions held.

“Therefore, it is not true that I sent any letter to Sagicor dated May 6th trying to reverse any decision that Council made.  Let the claimants present the letter,” he said.

However, McDowall did acknowledge that a meeting was held with Sagicor officials on Tuesday, which he said discussed a letter sent by General Secretary Rosalyn Smith.

He, however, maintained that there was a move by some current and former NUPW officials to sully his name because of their political associations.

“. . . especially since I am about to approach Government for salary increases, and appointments for public servants,” he said, adding “I will not be fazed, and I will continue to make sure that the rights of workers are protected.”


3 Responses to Unmoved

  1. Coralita May 12, 2016 at 12:47 am

    I knew your tail was up a creek. You came out all hot and sweaty with guns blazing ready to tear up and tear down the place, then all of a sudden you missing in action. I had to ask somebody if you gone underground, Next thing I know, this story break.

    Eat yah humble pie and go and learn to understand the dynamics of a good leader.

  2. jrsmith May 12, 2016 at 5:27 am

    If what’s said about him is correct he is not behaving any different to our rude rum corned and biscuit politicians , look at the Priminister how he treat bajans , fancy having someone like him as a role model for future generation. This is the general behavioural pattern from public figures in Barbados.. like ghetto people. that’s what education done for us..

    If bajans note how disturbing it has become , to see when certain figures leaves Barbados for foreign shores ,they behaviour is 100% different as to when they are in Barbados they treat bajans as like second class citizens, this is the crap bajans put up with that’s why people in the world laugh at us ,think we are softies..
    As for this gentleman, he is not fazed by efforts to remove him please remove him teach him a lesson , he need to reel himself back and come again or else he is done in Barbados. I think we would have been better being ruled from Westminster…..

  3. Sherlock Holmes. May 12, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Unmoved!!!!!,Boy that is your biggest problem ikani, arrogance, lack of respect and an apparent very strong headed approach,in the end you might very well find yourself out to sea and all alone,it looks like your lessons in humility is fast in coming,as the good book says there is a way that seems right to a man but the end result thereof is sudden destruction.


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