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.