No go-slow

NUPW member says protest is a failure

There appears to be division among the ranks of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) over its current protests over the reversion of its president to a junior position in the public service.

One veteran NUPW member told Barbados TODAY despite claims by the leadership to the contrary, the go-slow by customs and immigration officials has been a failure.

“We have customs and immigration officers sitting on the NUPW executive and they can tell you there is no go-slow. If that were the case all officers and executives would have been aware and there should be strategic plan put in place. There is none,” said the member, who asked that he not be identified.

According to the source, the images appearing in the media that appear to show lengthy lines did not give the full picture.

The queues, the source said, resulted from a rise in the number of arrivals and cruise passengers who were catching connecting flights.

“Our members are tired of being placed in the limelight like this when to them they are not involved in any industrial action or go-slow. We have now placed them back in the spotlight to be hated by the general public and that is reckless and I would never support that. At the end of the day, do not compromise our membership based on a perceived notion because there is no go-slow.”

The senior trade unionist charged that the border control officers wanted no part of the go-slow and had expressed concern to him that they were being vilified for industrial action they did not support.

He insisted that the union was unable to attract much support for its current cause because it had been practising double standards.

The source explained that while the NUPW was fighting to have Akanni McDowall returned to an acting senior position, it had ignored the plight of ordinary members who had “legitimate” grievances.

One such example, the source said, had to do with a case of supersession where a junior officer who had gone on study leave for four years, returned and was appointed to a senior post above a qualified candidate who had been interviewed for the post.

When the union was asked to take up the matter, it advised the aggrieved member to write to the Personnel Administration Division, the source said, showing Barbados TODAY a letter from the union dated November 1 in support of his point.

“Why would a member come in to have you deal with a matter like this and the NUPW would then tell them to write directly to the employer? That makes no sense. So you have legitimate cases like this and I am not talking about acting positions, I am talking about vacant positions where persons had a legitimate claim to be appointed in that position and the NUPW refused to deal with it.

“You would have recognized that members were not coming out to support the action because for them it is not legitimate,” he stressed.

Barbados TODAY was also able to independently confirm that immigration officers were at the entrance of the departure section of the Grantley Adams International Airport, collecting immigration forms from the air-to-sea cruise passengers in an effort to speed the process along.

Senior business and tourism officials have questioned the timing of the go-slow, complaining it would hurt the important sectors.

6 Responses to No go-slow

  1. Carson C Cadogan November 23, 2016 at 1:54 am

    Wow, I am surprised that the the media printed this story and didnt suppress it.

  2. Tony Webster November 23, 2016 at 2:49 am

    HI Carson: the strange place you have arrived at, is called Integrity Villsge, Barbados. It might take a little getting used to how folks live here, but I can assure you, they are normal, hard-working, industrious and proud Bajans, , who put country above partisan politics. You are welcome to stick around, and enjoy the fresh clean air…if you can just take a deep, brave breath…toss your tired old tatty clothes….relax…and make a few friends.

    That’s why these fine folks, are exalted as “The Fourth Estate”. Have a great day, and pass by for a cold one later.

  3. jrsmith November 23, 2016 at 7:41 am

    All of this stupidness which is going all just making foreign people the sensible ones have a good laugh at our people….all of it is just around the rum level….

  4. 3rdsun November 23, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Its good to hear that the Customs and Immigration Officers are not letting the NUPW use them like pawns.

  5. RC November 23, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Any serious, intelligent, proper thinking person will realise that going on a go slow or strike in the Winter tourism season to satisfy Union leaders egos is sheer stupidity. Also to leave our kids in a Class room by themselves to attend meetings during School areas is another example of stupidity.

  6. Rev. Winston Jones November 24, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    I am amazed by the thought process in the civil service which appears to be as long I am shortlisted for a position then that shortlisting is considered as an appointment to the position. Both candidates were interviewed and the interviewers opted for the junior candidate. What is wrong with that? There could have been ten or twelve very good reasons why the junior candidate was chosen. Today employers look for intangibles like ability to work well with others, ability to relate well with the public, creativity, ingenuity, problem solving skills and leadership skills. Also, the junior candidate might have minored in an area that makes him or her a better fit for the position considering the skill sets being brought to the position.


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