NUPW demands a fair hearing

The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) today expressed strong doubt that its case for the reinstatement of its President Akanni McDowall to an acting senior position in the Ministry of Health would be fairly handled by the Public Service Commission (PSC).

In a statement released this evening, the union took issue with comments made by Chief Personnel Officer Gail Atkins who last Thursday denied that the Public Administration Division (PAD) had victimized McDowall, or that there were ulterior motives for removing the trade union leader from the post of Health Planning Officer, in which he recently acted.


Akanni McDowall, NUPW President

Atkins made it clear in the statement released by the Barbados Government Information Service that the PAD had no record of McDowall ever holding the position.

The NUPW said it was surprised that the Chief Personnel Officer made a public statement on the matter before it was discussed by the PSC.

The union explained it had only received a letter from the PAD on November 8, advising that its concerns were being “prepared for the attention of the Public Service Commission.

“This is the second occasion this week that senior officers in the public service publicly divulged personal information pertaining to Mr McDowall. Prior to the Chief Personnel Officer’s public disclosure, another senior public servant called  the ‘Down to Brass Tacks’ [radio programme] and did the same.”

The NUPW argued this was out of order, pointing to the Public Service Act, 2007 – 41, Second Schedule 10 (1) which states that, ‘Officers shall not, without authority, disclose official information that has been communicated in confidence within the Ministry or Department, or received in confidence from others’.

The union also said it had been told by the PAD, that “it cannot divulge employees’ information, even to their representative without their permission”.

The NUPW not only questioned whether the two officers had sought McDowall’s permission, but asked “how confident can the union be that fair and unbiased representation will be made on our behalf?”

The union, which has already embarked on a go slow, involving customs and immigration workers, is threatening to disrupt the upcoming visit of Britain’s Prince Harry for Barbados’ 50 anniversary of Independence, if Government fails to reinstate McDowall.




17 Responses to NUPW demands a fair hearing

  1. Raymond Lorde
    Raymond Lorde November 13, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    whunna need to stop running to the press as well.

  2. Genavease Taylor
    Genavease Taylor November 13, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Looka he though feeling proud he got a whole country at standstill ….foolishness

    • Sheldine Dyall
      Sheldine Dyall November 14, 2016 at 5:42 am

      The heads of departments was victimized worker for too long, and the pass union bossing was not representing the worker and I am glad this group is working .

  3. Genavease Taylor
    Genavease Taylor November 13, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I ain’t want nothing to do with politics

  4. Alex Alleyne November 13, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    From get go , you all think the hearing will be tainted.

  5. Raphael Luke
    Raphael Luke November 13, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Everytime this union want to flex its muscle it goes for customs, d immigration and port workers. Here’s the thing…the goverment rakes in zero dollars from a slow ass system as it is then at the end of the month the Central Bank has to print money to pay these ppl. End result the country face another downgrade and we all have a dollar that aint value 5 cent. The trouble is that the union won’t feel it contributed to this and their president would sit with a smug look on his face. It is just sickening.
    If the union don’t want their President to be touched they should find a job for him. It would serve them better. But I guess they are not real jobs as they rely on membership fees.

  6. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall November 14, 2016 at 5:43 am

    They’re people working without a basic certificate in management positions.

  7. Sherlock Holmes. November 14, 2016 at 6:28 am

    That boy is a jackass plain and simple and those around him who should know better are just as culpable. They are now steeped in too much partisan politics to be taken seriously.

  8. Zeus November 14, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Let me get this straight…. I would have thought that with the cpo making their side public the union would have countered by showing the public their side and the reason for their actions but it now look like the public was suppose to form an opinion just based on the Union’s story….. Sounds like wanna trying to deceive the public

  9. Realist November 14, 2016 at 9:17 am

    I am with the NUPW on this one. Give back the man the job. How did he get it in the first place? Was his ministry using him to fill a void? This tactic is wrong and it’s time it stops. It happens quite often in government jobs; putting a person to act to hold down a position until you find somebody that you like. Well if that is the case from now on, the managers, directors and principals should do the jobs themselves until they find the appropriate candidates. It hurts people to do otherwise. This happens to a lot of teachers as well.

  10. BaJan boy November 14, 2016 at 9:39 am

    He and Sherlock Holmes would have to be brothers from the same mother..The grandmother would therefore be Carson C Cadogan.

  11. Sherlock Holmes. November 14, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Bajan girl once a sycophant always a sycophant,we already know you and well your political blinkers has your limited vision more clouded.

  12. Helicopter(8P) November 14, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Well! Will this become self-service before love of country and fellow citizen?To disadvantage the youth of the nation out of their homeland being a world destination to be adventured by the Global Village we now are threatened by industrial action which represents 1 in 300,000 of the nation’s population. Now I see why some world states are served by military government.I personally am not against this young man’s comrades representation but to threaten to destabilize the economy of Barbados has gone a bit too far in these economic times. You will be causing harm to your fellow citizens at an enormous economic negative input so I expect all involved in these negotiations to use wit and talent at admonistering your summary on such matters.

  13. Patrick November 14, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Sheldine , I can see your bias from early,the stupid boy is too political and should be treated like a politician.

    Like I said before a shut down does not affect the rich or we off persons, it affects the poor who are the nucleus of the NUPW membership

  14. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce November 14, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Wunna really need to find something constructive to do!

  15. Tony Waterman November 14, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    What i don’t understand in this so “Highly Educated” Barbados, is this.
    What is there about the word “ACTING” that Mr.McDowall and his Union does NOT understand.

    Well then Lets see!!!!!!

    temporarily doing the duties of another person.
    “acting director”
    synonyms: temporary, interim, caretaker, pro tem, pro tempore, provisional, stopgap; deputy, stand-in, fill-in; informalpinch-hitting
    “the bank’s acting governor”

    Nowhere is this Definition is there anything that tells Me/Us that there is any expectancy of a permanent position.
    So!!! Why does someone/anyone in the PSC not make a final statement on this SILLY Incident, IF there is NOTHING to HIDE, why won’t the Ministry not publish the Qualifications of Mr.McDowall and the person who was Appointed to the post ?????
    and if in fact he is not Eligible to hold the Permanent job, then it’s game over.
    Why does this have to occupy the news every Day for so long, and BTW, if Mr.Mcdowall by CONTRACT has no claim to this PERMANENT Job, and call his Union out on an ILLEGAL Wildcat Strike that Barbados can ill afford, the Government should have some BALLS and fire them all.

  16. Sherlock Holmes. November 15, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Well said Tony


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