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NUPW fight goes viral

Embattled National Union of Public Worker’s (NUPW) President Akanni McDowall today stood his ground, adamant there was no merit to a second no-confidence motion levelled against him from within his own ranks.

In a video message to the union’s 8,000-strong membership posted on the NUPW’s Facebook page, McDowall said, “I believe this is a deliberate attempt to sully my reputation, distract me from the important task of representing workers’ rights and derail the focus of the constituents we represent.”

However, an irate member of the NUPW Council, who did not want to be identified, told Barbados TODAY this evening that McDowall had “dug his own grave”.

The member said that unlike the first motion tabled three weeks ago, which was quashed after it failed to secure the support needed to remove McDowall, the second was airtight.

“The second motion won’t be defeated. This second motion has the more than 50 authentic signatures it takes to remove an executive.”

The member accused the NUPW President of being “arrogant” and “dictatorial”, claiming that he had exhibited blatant disrespect for General Secretary Roslyn Smith and other union members.

The internal source 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.

“His behaviour is the reason why this no-confidence motion and the previous one were brought before him.”

However, McDowall charged that both motions were “politically motivated” and “initiated on the heels of our salary negotiations”.

“This is especially concerning since this union under my leadership has not reneged on its obligations to all workers. The charges made are without merit and I have evidence to refute each one.

“I will continue to fight this motion, just as I was mandated to fight for improved terms and conditions, including a salary increase and for the rights of workers with more determination than ever. Your confidence in me was not misplaced,” he told members.

4 Responses to NUPW fight goes viral

  1. Coloured Man
    Coloured Man June 7, 2016 at 9:07 am

    what there doing to him is wrong see why i would never back this government as soon as some one speak out there go all out to pull them down or lock them up. Its a shame the how he stand up for the works to get more money and for them not to send home any more works after the old leaders of the NUPW sold out the works all was well now akanni stand up for the people ( same old one who is part of the government and got big JOBS in the government cause there sold out the people of barbados ) want him gone i want to see how the people that is part of the NUPW people who pay there $16 will act to this we all should come out thursday the DEMS boy so wicked people in barbados is to suck salt for true well well

    • Wayne Dread June 8, 2016 at 11:33 am

      It’s the members who are filing the motion, like Mia has filed many of the same and all was defeated, so will this one, as you can see, the information here is supplied under “cloak and dagger process, someone wants to spread propaganda, the public needs to now what was wrong or illegal about the first motion, that made it necessary for it to be withdrawn? The more transparent Akanni is with his membership, and open as differentiate his personal political views and choices from the Union and it’s agenda, he will grow and continue to develop his leadership skills

  2. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne June 7, 2016 at 9:50 am

    After reading this article, it have my heart in a rage and it grieves me to the bone that those “stiff necked fools” would want to dismiss a young warrior like Akanni McDowall who did the right thing by standing up for the people who demand more pay and “for the rights of workers with more determination than ever”. No matter how much stumbling blocks they put against this man. I know he will mash them down to the ground completely.
    Strong words coming from yours truly, Radical Bryan.

  3. Carson C Cadogan June 7, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    The man is arrogant and a dictator and he was disrespectful to long standing Trade Unionist Roslyn Smith.

    He must be brought to heel for the good of all.


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