Protest on

NUPW begins phased action tomorrow

Some Government workers are expected to take industrial action as early as Wednesday in support of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), which is pushing for the return of its president to an acting senior position.

However, the union has refused to say what form the action will take, or how business at Government offices will be affected.

The NUPW said it would start phased protests beginning with environmental health officers who have been summoned to a meeting Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock at union headquarters, as it raises the pressure on the Personnel Administration Division [PAD] for a meeting to dicuss it’s concerns.

The union’s president Akanni McDowall has been returned to his substantive post as a junior officer in the Ministry of Health.

While General Secretary Roslyn Smith declined to say what protest action the workers would take, she told Barbados TODAY it would be instituted in “bits and pieces” and the effects would begin to be felt from tomorrow.

“We called a meeting for all environmental health officers for tomorrow at 10 o’clock. It will be an ongoing phase with bits and pieces here, there and everywhere,” Smith said.

Asked if the protest would start with the environmental health officers, she replied: “We called a meeting to sensitize them about some issues they have . . . . There are some issues [of their own] and [the] Akanni issue as well.”

Pressed to specify the exact nature of the action, the trade union leader insisted whatever happened, the relevant departments would find out Wednesday.

“Tomorrow they would recognize that something is happening differently,” she said.

It was just Monday that Smith had told Barbados TODAY that the union’s National Council had unanimously agreed to take whatever action was necessary to force the Chief Personnel Officer to reinstate McDowall to the senior acting position.

She revealed then that the NUPW had decided to pursue industrial action because it had not received a reply from the PAD to its request made some two weeks ago for an urgent meeting to settle the contentious issue.

Smith had also warned that if the union had not heard from the PAD by early Tuesday morning, the NUPW would press ahead with industrial action.

Asked Tuesday evening whether the union had heard from Government, Smith admitted she had received a call from the Chief Personnel Officer, who failed to organize a meeting this week.

“I got a call from her this morning and I expressed an interest in meeting this week. But she said she couldn’t meet this week, she would have to meet next week. I told her I could not agree to that because this is a serious matter and that we should have met ever since. So I told her we would have to go ahead with our action,” the NUPW boss told Barbados TODAY.

The union’s first reaction to the reversion was to accuse Government of victimizing its president who had been leading the charge on a number of industrial relations issues against the Freundel Stuart administration.

The NUPW became further enraged after it learned that the position had been filled by someone it said who was junior to McDowall and several other public servants.

11 Responses to Protest on

  1. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed November 1, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    so NUPW will you also march for the NCC employees???

  2. Jan Hold
    Jan Hold November 1, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Wowow serious stuff wowo

  3. Mark Adamson
    Mark Adamson November 2, 2016 at 1:18 am

    It is the right time for most citizens in this country to assist in the process of the bringing about of PARTNERSHIP enterprises in this country – as the only multi member corporate business entities possible in Barbados. Also, it is the right time for most citizens to assist in the process of the evolution of persons from the status of workers to the status of PARTNERS – PART-OWNERS of the enterprises in which they function.

    Trade unions are backward, parasitic and exploitative disorganizations in this country. Down with Trade Unions in this country!!

  4. Jennifer November 2, 2016 at 1:40 am

    Mark A

    Upholders in oppression too and sedatives.

  5. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor November 2, 2016 at 2:20 am

    D man was acting or no?

  6. Adrian November 2, 2016 at 8:17 am

    I’d there any truth in the rumor that he is not as qualified as said?

  7. Alana B November 2, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Acting or Not. It appears as though there is some measure of interference here.

    Victimization for Trade Union Business? It looks that way to me and all right thinking persons in society. When an organization wants to set an example, the organization points all guns in the direction of the head of the opposing side. In this case, the head of NUPW leader seems to be targeted.

    Be aware!! It is possible that others may fall victim to what appears to be victimization. This should be frowned upon. Public Services International (PSI) and other unions throughout the Caribbean are looking on. We all are looking on!!

    Hold the fort for we are coming Unionist be strong. Side by side we battle onward, victory will come!

    This is passing strange. When you touch one worker, you touch all workers!!!

    Stand Firm! Stand United!

  8. Geoff Small November 2, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    It seems that trade unions in Barbados use industrial action as the first approach to resolving a grievance. THIS SHOULD BE THE LAST RESORT. If I were the government, I would ignore the union and point them to the grievance procedure. The behaviour of the union indicates their immaturity. Industrial action may not get the union the results that is expected

    The union also seem to have no respect for Management Rights or even know what the term means. The union continues to portray a negative image of its organization. The Akanni Mac Donald issue is a further walk down that rode

  9. 3rdsun November 2, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Akanni like he want an Oscar for acting

  10. 3rdsun November 2, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Akanni like he want an Oscar for supporting actor

  11. Realist November 2, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    If you are good enough to act, then you are good enough to get the job. The person who eventually received the job did not act. How did you measure the latter’s capabilities since you have not witness his performance? This stupidness called “acting” should be abandoned. Advertise the post, interview everybody and then select the best candidate from the outset. Forget this acting, role playing and all the other dramatic antics. People have feelings and somebody will always get hurt with the acting scenario…STOP IT.


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