NUPW official in hot water

Vice President Joyann Inniss appears to be in hot water with her National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) executive, and could possibly face disciplinary action over recent public statements she made to the media.

NUPW Vice-President Joyann Inniss
NUPW Vice-President Joyann Inniss

Barbados TODAY has obtained a copy of a letter written to Inniss by NUPW President Akanni McDowall in which he sought to warn Inniss that her public statements on November 25, which were carried by both Barbados TODAY and the state-run Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, “have [the] potential to erode the public confidence in NUPW”.

Inniss had publicly complained that she and some senior officers had been sidelined by the union’s leadership, who she charged had also violated industrial relations protocols, and in some cases had been simply ignorant of conventional norms.

Clearly at odds with the rest of the leadership over the sick-out at Grantley Adams International Airport and a go-slow at both ports of entry, Inniss had said the union was putting the jobs of its members in jeopardy.

She had also suggested to Barbados TODAY that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart was right when he said recently that the union had attempted to ambush Government by engaging in industrial action before exhausting all other avenues.

“They are using industrial action as a first resort and not sitting at the negotiation table. There are various avenues available,” the senior trade unionist had said.

While not responding to any of the charges levelled by Inniss, McDowall has seemingly taken offence at her attempts to air her grievances in public.

In his letter to her dated November 28, the union president pointed out that it had been standard practice for grievances to be discussed with the union’s executive and national council.

“As such you have not followed the established protocol; therefore this matter will be taken to National Council for discussion,” he said in the carefully worded letter.

There have been reports of hostility between executive members who support the ruling Democratic Labour Party and those who back the Opposition Barbados Labour Party, with Inniss complaining that deliberate attempts were being made to leave certain members of the executive, including herself, out of the critical meetings.

To support her argument, she spoke of a meeting of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union, the Barbados Workers Union, the Barbados Union of Teachers, the Unity Workers’ Union (UWU) and the NUPW to which she was not invited and was later made to feel unwelcome.

However, UWU General Secretary Caswell Franklyn has accused Inniss of playing politics and of spreading untruths.

“The meeting that she is claiming that they didn’t invite her to was not an NUPW meeting. This was a meeting where the leaders of the trade unions got together to discuss what strategy they are going to use to assist the NUPW in this matter,” Franklyn said, emphasizing that only the leaders of the five unions were present at those talks.

“She [Inniss] was not a trade union leader, and plus we wouldn’t have wanted her there because we would have expected the Dems to know what we are doing, so we didn’t invite her,” the outspoken Franklyn charged.

11 Responses to NUPW official in hot water

  1. Loretta Griffith December 2, 2016 at 3:56 am

    What is really going on in NUPW? There is a true saying the more the monkey climbs, the more he exposes his tail.

  2. Hal Austin December 2, 2016 at 4:55 am

    The ethical thing for Mr McDowall to d is to remove himself from anything to do with the crisis related to his job. This is a conflict of interest and Ms Inniss should seek a court injunction (and costs) to prevent the union from witch hunting.
    This is gangsterism at its worst.

  3. freeagent December 2, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Ms Inniss the majority of Bajans agree with you and the stance that you have taken. Truth will prevail.

    • miche December 3, 2016 at 4:56 am

      O K ,,Door open,,come critics, lets go…fight against the truth

  4. Dale Worrell December 2, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Joyanne I support your stance 100%,you are one of the few executive who have so far spoken with common sense. Don’t let them scare you, it’s a matter of principles.

  5. Celly December 2, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    The NUPW is already doing a great job of eroding the public’s confidence. So sick and tired of Mr. McDowell.

  6. Alex Alleyne December 2, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    CUT throats, no wonder all the big-up’s on an ego trip. It’s all POLITICS yellow vs red, nothing about COUNTRY. Just sit by and watch them all eat one another raw without salt.

  7. miche December 3, 2016 at 4:54 am

    I do hope Now ,that at this point now, some “senior officers “will now come to the fore,,in support of their colleague,against the tyrannous behavior of the (NUPW) executive and its vindictive and seemingly politically motivated leader

  8. Sherlock Holmes. December 3, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Who is always in the media making stupid statements more than this clown of a president? Who when he faced being ousted was calling brass tacks pretending to be a woman saying how good he himself was? Who was calling around and engineering support to prevent himself from being ousted? I have said it time and time again this boy does not know what he is about and has the nerve to write someone a letter in an effort to discipline them, time longer than twine and i predict that this union under it’s current president will implode.

  9. BaJan boy December 3, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    @Sherlock Holmes you ought to ashamed to say this young man doesn’t know what he is about. You seem to have forgotten the PM,Minister of Fininance,AG and the slew of other old clowns in wunnah party. Give me a brake the clowns are in George Street..

    • Sherlock Holmes. December 4, 2016 at 12:21 am

      Party bajan girl? I bear no allegiance to any party i will speak my mind regardless of which party i offend, i do not even attend parties, unlike you i am no sycophant or shill i will call out folly whenever i feel to and this current situation is amassed with folly.


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