Acting NUPW head a no-show

An outspoken member of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) today questioned the “indecent haste” with which he said the process of interviewing for a new general secretary of Barbados’ largest public sector union, was taking place.

Danny Gill, who is member of the Union’s national council and a prospective candidate for the presidency of the NUPW in the April 1 internal elections, believes the interview process should be delayed until a new Executive Council of the union is elected. He is also of the firm view that acting general secretary Roslyn Smith, who has been in charge of the union since Dennis Clarke’s retirement at the end of October last year, should be confirmed in the post, at least for the time being.

“I believe that since Smith has almost reached the age of retirement, she should be appointed general secretary of the union and a younger person appointed deputy general secretary and ‘blooded’ for the top post,” Smith said.

However, Smith, who is in her 60s, was a noticeable no-show for Tuesday’s interviews for the NUPW top job and when contacted for comment today on the matter, she said: “I would prefer not to comment on the matter until the National Council of the Union meets on Thursday next week”.

In the meantime, Barbados TODAY has been reliably informed that Assistant General Secretary Delcia Burke, Senior Industrial Relations Officer Wayne Walrond and Education Research Office Richard Greene were the candidates who appeared before the interviewing panel this week.

That panel includes NUPW President Walter Maloney, attorney-at-law, Samantha Cummins, former chief personnel officer Frederick Forde, along with Sandra Forde.

In August last year, Maloney lauded the foresight of the membership of the Barbados Workers Union in electing 38-year-old Toni Moore to the top post of the mainly private sector union.

At a Press conference held at the union headquarters on Dalkeith Road, St Michael, the president had argued that in a rapidly changing world it was necessary to move with the times.

Maloney had further argued then that along with the academic requirements, age was a factor. He had also contended that the union needed someone who could spend at least the next ten years building and strengthening it.      

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