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Court clerks call in sick again

For the second straight day, clerks assigned to the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court in Bridgetown called in sick today, forcing the postponement of a number of traffic and criminal cases.

The development comes amid threats of stepped up industrial action by the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), which is bargaining agent for the court officers.

However, General Secretary Roslyn Smith was not available for comment today on the matter.

In the meantime, the union has ordered a go-slow at the island’s ports-of-entry in its quest to get the Freundel Stuart administration to reinstate its president Akanni McDowall to an acting senior position within the Ministry of Health.

21 Responses to Court clerks call in sick again

  1. Hal Austin November 23, 2016 at 3:25 am

    This is anarchy. They are holding the nation to ransom. The government has a number of options: send in the military to do the clerical work, it is not high-skilled; send welfare round to visit them at home; if get them to being in medical certificates, at the very least that will allow us to see who the corrupt doctors are who sign off people; bring in staff from other courts to help out.
    In the final analysis, government must confront these out-of-control unions.
    The sad thing is the unintended consequences. Many of those who support the unions will not like the possible repercussions.

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  2. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan November 23, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Bajans would look for any excuse not to work!

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  3. Rommel Parris
    Rommel Parris November 23, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Anyone who can write anything negative and keep a straight face is a coward let me state this as a young Barbadian my greatgrand parents and there parents and there parents fought hard as hell for us to represent ourselves for what is right this slave mentality that people are using that they holding the country to ransom etc stupid thinking ppl also what if it happened to you you would want the union to stand up correct and dont tell me about drainage because they met with the so called pm and he charted a course of action and the allowed him to try some thing new as all ppl know with negotiations one has to give to be able to recieve

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  4. Rommel Parris
    Rommel Parris November 23, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Anyone who can write anything negative and keep a straight face is a coward let me state this as a young Barbadian my greatgrand parents and there parents and there parents fought hard as hell for us to represent ourselves for what is right this slave mentality that people are using that they holding the country to ransom etc stupid thinking ppl also what if it happened to you you would want the union to stand up correct and dont tell me about drainage because they met with the so called pm and he charted a course of action and they allowed him to try some thing new as all ppl know with negotiations one has to give to be able to recieve

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  5. Loser November 23, 2016 at 6:48 am

    Only a fool pulls the tail of a sleeping Lion to see what he looks like when he’s awake.

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  6. Aneta November 23, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Pure nonsense I say. To evoke change we have to agitate. I may not believe in the reason behind the go slow, but darn I believe in the rights of every human being living in this country. Government must respect the union. We can’t have ministers getting up flying off their mouths about and condemning the union just because it may be perceived that some may support the opposition. We have to wake up in the country and stop trampling all over people’s rights. Look at O’Hare international gearing up for the biggest strike. Take a look at the union movement in the UK and North America . We are very weak compared to them.

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  7. Sherlock Holmes. November 23, 2016 at 7:27 am

    If there is any link to the union all i will say is all of this nonsense over a jackass boy.

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  8. Frank White November 23, 2016 at 7:50 am

    This is not about Brother McDowell, it’s about principle and respecting the Union. All the authorities have to do is reinstate brother McDowell and then go to the negotiating table and say well we are not going to reengage your contract for whatever reason, but this sudden cut of his contract weeks before it is up is total disrespect and if the Union let this one slide, it is going to be a free for all for this and any elected Government to unfair workers. Strike while the iron is hot…Living on our feet not dying on our knees…

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    • Carson C Cadogan November 23, 2016 at 8:16 am

      Will never happen.

      He was sent back to his substantive post from an ACTING POSITION.

      This Govt. will not negotiate with any one under duress. So the NUPW BLACKMAIL tactics will not work.

      End of story.

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    • Sherlock Holmes. November 24, 2016 at 2:00 am

      Well at least you knew to whom i was referring, so i guess the description fits to a T.

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  9. Alex Alleyne November 23, 2016 at 7:58 am

    This is why there are certain things out in the streets , you must take care of yourself.

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  10. Carson C Cadogan November 23, 2016 at 8:12 am

    They can only call in sick on two consecutive occasions without sending in a Doctor’s certificate.

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  11. Philip Clement
    Philip Clement November 23, 2016 at 8:18 am

    God forbid we had a uprising here…. because the amount of cowards in Barbados is amazing

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    • Andrena Ceasar
      Andrena Ceasar November 23, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Cowards do you really think this is a fight that need to fought every wiseman know what battle to fight and the ones to walk away from from day one this young man started wrong good lord he was in a acting position he was not appointed it happens every day to people that acted for years and this same union does nothing I no longer can be a part of this I am joining my own professional union

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  12. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar November 23, 2016 at 9:27 am

    The government is an easy target for the Unions especially when the leaders have a political agenda. You recall Sandy Lane and the Royal Shop. Then there is the Unionized Company G4S that is in breach of every ILO conventions, the Employment Rights Act, the Safety and Health at Work Act. The Security Officers work under deplorable conditions, delegates are either terminated or treated with gross discrimination and the Union do nothing. And I know this cause my family member works there.

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  13. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles November 23, 2016 at 9:34 am

    For at least the Royal Shop incident it was the government aka David Thompson that came out and begged for time then swept it under the rug

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  14. lester November 23, 2016 at 9:42 am

    what about the 3000+ that government send home? where was the union? where was the go-slow? where was the job stoppage? I remember Roslyn Smith talking about it being down FAIR, the only thing bout here that fair is death. Government work aint hard send me over to the courts

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  15. patrick November 23, 2016 at 11:07 am

    terrorists

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  16. Loretta Griffith November 23, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    I honestly feel Miss Roslyn Smith should lead and not be led.

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  17. Rev. Winston Jones November 24, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    He was reverted to his substantive post after acting. Where did it say he was appointed? This attempt to force the government to give their leader a promotion is unethical and wrong. Produce documentation that shows he was appointed and then demoted from his new substantive appointment before attempting to bully and strong-arm the government into giving him a promotion that he feels he deserves. He may not agree with the rationale given for reverting him and the reasons may indeed be paltry, but without a letter of appointment to the position he acted in, then Mr. McDowell has to suck it up, accept that he lost this skirmish and move on. There will be other opportunities to ethically and morally defend his members.

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