NUPW gearing up for action on Friday

Negotiations between the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and the Personnel Administration Division (PAD) have broken down, with the NUPW now preparing to embark on phased industrial action by Friday.

The NUPW, which has the backing of its fellow trade unions, is also scheduled to meet with them Thursday afternoon to fine tune a joint strategy.

The NUPW had earlier given the PAD until today to provide it with a satisfactory response to its demands for the reinstatement of its President Akanni McDowall, who was reverted from the post of Acting Health Planning Officer 1 to his substantive position of Environmental Health Assistant 1 late last month.

Since then, a female public officer has reportedly replaced McDowall, whose reversion has been described by the NUPW as “an act of victimization”, which it is adamant must be corrected.

However, while a written reply was forthcoming Wednesday from the PAD to the union’s demands, one NUPW official told Barbados TODAY this afternoon that it was less than satisfactory.

“The PAD has sent us a letter letting us know it [the union’s position] didn’t get looked at Monday [even though] we had requested it be looked by then. They [PAD] also said they would see if they could look at it next week Monday.

“From our end, we do not see that as a response that we want to hear, so we are going forward with planning action,” one union spokesman revealed.

Asked what form would the protest action take, the  NUPW official said: “You will start to see things happening.

“We are calling out one or two offices piece by piece and you will see progressive action, starting Friday.”

10 Responses to NUPW gearing up for action on Friday

  1. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd November 10, 2016 at 11:58 am


  2. Hal Austin November 10, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Stop the nonsense and get on with representing your members. This ego trip is going to far.

  3. John CS King November 10, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I agree

  4. Winslow Brome November 10, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Just because you oppose them,Is this a democracy????

  5. Loretta Griffith November 10, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    These so-called Christians who are out there masquerading as union leaders, really have to take a seat back and do some introspection.
    Why are you feeding the public half truths? Just playing to the gallery. I hope someone would have the guts to expose the real truth. Truth can only be truth.
    This country is really crying out for leaders of integrity.
    I have said it before and will continue to say it these modern day union leaders and politicians have DESTROYED this country.

    • harry turnover November 10, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      That would mean YOU know the REAL TRUTH ,but don’t have the GUTS the expose the REAL TRUTH then…..maam can’t you see that you are just like them ?

  6. Sheron Inniss November 10, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Loretta tell me the truth so I can make an enlightened decision.

    • harry turnover November 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      I was just going to ask her WHAT IS THE TRUTH.

  7. Loretta Griffith November 10, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Sheron I hope Mr Franklyn will enlighten you and the public or for that matter the wider Union.

  8. Alex Alleyne November 10, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    If a strike is called , i hope the union members that will be called out will get a full day/week’s pay ,payable through the Unions.


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