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Showdown looming between NUPW and NHC

The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) is demanding that the National Housing Corporation (NHC) rescind the recent appointment of a new human resources manager and to appoint Assistant Human Resources Officer Polla Blackman to the post instead.

Blackman acted as Human Resources Manager for over a year until the recent appointment against which the NUPW has protested.

The union held a three-hour meeting today with senior officials of the NHC and shortly after, NUPW President Akanni McDowall hinted at a possible showdown if the state agency did not relent.

McDowall told Barbados TODAY that during today’s meeting the union made it clear that the method of selection was neither objective nor transparent.

He complained that no consideration was given to experience or seniority in appointing the new human resources manager and the NHC ignored proper process with its failure to first advertise the vacancy within the organization.

The union has accused the NHC of nepotism, revealing last Friday that the new member of staff was the wife of Minister of Housing Denis Kellman’s nephew. It has also accused Kellman, who has responsibility for the NHC, of seeking to deceive the public on his relationship with the new manager.

“The Minister sought to convey that it was a coincidence that the person appointed as Human Resources Manager carried the surname Kellman. He failed to state that the person is the wife of his nephew. This is certainly misleading and seeks to evade the union’s claims of nepotism,” it said in a point-by-point rebuttal of statements the minister made after 30 NHC workers staged a brief work stoppage last Wednesday over the new appointment. 

3 Responses to Showdown looming between NUPW and NHC

  1. jrsmith August 11, 2016 at 6:04 am

    This is how real it is in Barbados see nothing has change over the past 50 years….

  2. Deborah Michelle August 11, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    It cant…the same script just different characters who seem to think that the average person lacks the same prudence, vigilence and common sense that they do. The same is happening at another statutory corporation, but in this case at least for now all seems to be fine on the home front. SMH

  3. Sunshine Sunny Shine August 11, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Dennis Kellman simply hired a Kellman that is not family to him but married to a family member that is family to him. In other words, Dennis Kellman hired a family member that has the Kellman name but not the blood of a Kellman so the family member is not exactly family. So hiring the family member that is not a family member to Dennis Kellman, but who possess the necessary qualifications for the job is not a problem since the Kellman that is hired is not related to the Kellman who employed the Kellman that is not a family member to Dennis Kellman but married to a family member that is family to Dennis Kellman. PEOPLE IT IS THAT SIMPLY A LOGIC.


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