Strike on

The National Union of Public Workers will embark on industrial action tomorrow, but it remains mum on who will be involved, what form the action will take and how business at Government offices will be affected.

Following more than two hours of talks with environmental health officers this morning at the NUPW’s Dalkeith headquarters, General Secretary Roslyn Smith told reporters the officers have agreed to stand in solidarity with union boss Akanni McDowall.

Roslyn Smith, General Secretary, NUPW

McDowall who was acting as health promotion officer was recently demoted to the position of environmental assistant, an entry-level position.

The union’s National Council has unanimously agreed to take whatever action was necessary to force the Chief Personnel Officer to reinstate McDowall to the senior acting position.

Smith told reporters they are ready to take a stand.

“Something will start from tomorrow. I am not going to divulge the strategy because I know we don’t want persons preempting the strategy and that is the reason we have been keeping things under wrap. We are very upbeat about it and they are very upbeat about it also, she said.

8 Responses to Strike on

  1. Hal Austin November 2, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    This is a test for the government: are they going to allow union bullies to force them to make certain personnel decisions?
    Government must remember to deduct the strike days from their pensions.
    A pension is deferred pay, you cannot pay strikers for striking.

  2. BaJan boy November 2, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    It is a pity we have spent money to educate people like Hal Austin. People who just don’t know history nor do they understand how workers should be represented. If they are any bullies here it would have to be Frundel Stuart,Chris Sinckler and The Minister of health. I know he seems not to understand the conventions under which the unions around the Caribbean operate and I think teachers and customs officers should help kick start this strike. The man must be reinstated..

  3. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte November 2, 2016 at 2:43 pm


  4. Hal Austin November 2, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Bajan Boy,
    The unions get their strength from fear. Most Barbadians are two pay cheques away from poverty, many from having their homes repossessed. That is sad.
    What has failed is government since November 1966. Union militancy is a reflection of this fear and uncertainty.
    But there is a much better way to challenge the inequalities in Barbadian society.
    We now have a minister of finance that has a policy of transferring wealth from the poor to the rich – the first time in our history this has happened since the British gave £20m to former slave owners.
    And he does it not even being aware of what he is doing.
    We avoid confronting this reality by posing as union militants. At some time we must wake up and smell the coffee and stop pretending that the hermetically sealed social world of a 166sq mile dot is reality and the other 8bn people in the world do not matter.
    We are angry and become personally abusive because we are powerless.
    This is manifested in many ways: young people become violent and attack each other; people in petty positions such as magistrates behave like little dictators; politicians and senior civil servants become corrupt, black police abuse young black people – and then we hope for other-worldiness to get us through this life, either through music and dance, the church or obeah.
    It is our failure as a nation and we have to deal with it.

  5. Randolph November 2, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    If the shoe was on the other foot,something different would be coming from Hal Austin.How can you justify demoting someone who is qualified and was acting in the position for a junior officer?

  6. Dwayne Durant
    Dwayne Durant November 2, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Not one thing in going happen stupse this is Barbados we to proud to do anything

  7. Seth St John
    Seth St John November 2, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    So some government workers will not be working tomorrow

    This is news why?

  8. Helicopter(8P) November 3, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Doesn’t every one in Barbados who has worked in government know about “acting jacks”! Most of them now relax at home with a good pension and If I recollect it could have been worst running around the world to find a living. Good weather, a healthy atmosphere and a healthy life style were the main ingredients. Now kiosk and hypertension strikes the land into fear of the next day to come! Lets not believe that this type of characterization has become “Barbados a smile wide”! People get your act together! has diplomacy and consideration been thrown out the window! How is it that Administration allows this internal matter to be manifested around the “Global village”? Are we missing protocol ?


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