NUPW President falls victim to Government

President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Akanni McDowall today learnt the hard way what it means to fall victim to Government.

McDowall, who has been carrying his union’s fight to the Freundel Stuart administration for well over a year since his ascension to the presidency back in May 2015, was unceremoniously removed from the senior position of Acting Health Planning Officer 1 and sent back to his substantive post of Environmental Health Assistant 1.

In an immediate reaction, the NUPW said the “sudden reversion of its president” was nothing short of victimization, while pointing out that he had recently been vocal in his opposition to what the union sees as Government’s efforts to privatize the state-run Sanitation Service Authority.

“He has also been forthright in his representation of customs officers, GAIA Inc. and BIDC employees among others,” the statement added.

The NUPW is therefore demanding an urgent meeting with the Chief Personnel Officer to discuss the situation.

In a media release, the union noted that McDowall had previously acted in the post of Health Promotion Officer for two straight years and had received favourable performance reports.

It also pointed out that when its president was appointed to act in June, he was placed in a vacant position.

“The union understands that other positions in the same category will become vacant by year-end when a senior officer proceeds on retirement,” the NUPW added.

The union also argued that McDowall, who has a Masters in Public Health, possesses the qualifications to fill the temporary post. However, it expressed concern that “this reversion places him at the entry level in his department”, adding that senior personnel in the Ministry of Health were neither notified nor supported the decision to demote him.

20 Responses to Demoted!

  1. L.Allan Wilkie
    L.Allan Wilkie October 19, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Not towing the line

  2. Dwayne Durant
    Dwayne Durant October 19, 2016 at 12:30 am

    And the union still in going do anything about it

  3. Henderson Yarde
    Henderson Yarde October 19, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Wait de man was acting! He ain’t get demoted! He just lost his role in the script. #soapopra #politcaldaysofourlives

  4. Hal Austin October 19, 2016 at 3:59 am

    Vicious and nasty. Welcome to the world of Barbadian party politics.

    • Carson C Cadogan October 19, 2016 at 7:46 am

      Was he not in a acting position Hal?

    • Miche October 19, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Mayor of St Lawrence Gap,,,all you want now is a swizzle tail jacket . a tall hat,and a pipe

  5. seagul October 19, 2016 at 5:13 am

    A branch of West minister politics. Black Skin white masks…

    • Olutoye Walrond October 19, 2016 at 7:44 am

      Not at all. They are far more broadminded in Westminster. This kind of petty behaviour is typical of Caribbean politicians. The late Tom Adams was a master at it.

      • Coralita October 19, 2016 at 8:01 am

        Olu thank you for saying that. Some people don’t like to hear the truth. Tom was not easy, some say he was a tyrant and was feared by many.

      • Miche October 19, 2016 at 8:15 pm

        If the leaders in the reigning government were as vicious as those opposition ones,,a lot of the problems that we are having across the boards ,would not have occurred,,,, As soon as the votes were counted,,,and the results in,,,all ot those Hard core opposition supporters that control key admin positions,,should have cleared their desk,,,all they do is sabotage the smooth running of statuary corporations and try to implode governments

  6. Carson C Cadogan October 19, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Privatization is the way to go for Barbados.

    Modern day efficiency must be brought to many services which are heavily dependent on by Bajans. These services are now being carried out by Govt. entities and are woefully inadequate.

    It would seem as though the Trade Unions know very well the services as they themselves point out the Transport Board, The Barbados Water Authority, The SSA. They should also point to the Barbados Port Authority.

  7. Alex Alleyne October 19, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Now let us see if he is going to call a “strike”.

  8. BaJan boy October 19, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Why the DEMS shouted foul when Owen Arthur said it in 2013 and promised not to privatize any f the state owned corporations. People like Carson C:;t Cadogan are truly embarresment p’s to our poor educational system.

  9. The Negrocrat October 19, 2016 at 10:29 am

    People who are acting can get away with some strange things.
    Akanni, stand your ground.

  10. Phil October 19, 2016 at 10:43 am

    The height of diplomacy is the ability to tell a man to go to hell in such a way that he actually looks forward to taking the trip. This was a blatant act of wanton hatred based on his freedom of speech. Carson and Henderson. Yes he was acting But wasn’t he fully qualified? did he not perform his jab with high rating? They demoted him but they cannot demote his qualifications nor what he has in the space between his ears.

  11. Phil October 19, 2016 at 10:44 am

    His job not jab…….

  12. Sterlin October 19, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Carson C Cadogan Privatization is the way to go for Barbados only if there are systems in place to protect the citizens and personnel to enforce such systems. Unfortunately, Barbados have a very poor record so far since there is no effective consumer group (and i underline the word effective) to shield the most fragile in the Bajan society.

  13. Sunshine Sunny Shine October 19, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    DLP politics in full swing. Bare sh…te

  14. Miche October 19, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    The NUPW is therefore demanding ,This is where most of the labor problems start,,,,These so called union bosses have forgotten words like Request,ask, .this bullying attitude they are at ,,is reminiscent of the early Chicago /New York days ,,when the unions were first started….(Protection they called it ) ….and it was a pay up or else,,,,,No wonder the children have difficulty with Bullying at schools….They caught the behavior from their Want to be tough ,union leaqding Parents,,,and its acceptable at the highest levels,so why not at school….My parents do it and get support,,so why cant I

  15. Miche October 19, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    And most of these Union bosses are just Protecting themselves anyhow…..shout hard,,,frighten people,,,get them to pay union Dues,,so that I can live like a lord…….No Dues ,,no big salary ,no travel allowances,,no entertainment Allowance…. ,,Keep DEMANDING,,,Paper tigers


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