Stepped up fight

He was recently unsuccessful in his bid to get the court to overturn the planned dismissal of Central Bank Governor Dr DeLisle Worrell.

However, attorney-at-law Gregory Nicholls will be hoping that the second time is a charm, after appearing in court today in defence of the President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), Akanni McDowall, who was unceremoniously removed from his senior acting post in Government last October.

NUPW President Akanni McDowall (left) and his attorney Gregory Nicholls leaving the No. 10 Supreme Court the morning.

The matter came up before Justice William Chandler in the No. 10 Supreme Court around 10:30 this morning, after Nicholls filed the lawsuit back in February challenging the Public Service Commission’s decision to remove McDowall from the acting positition of Health Planning Officer 1 and revert him to his substantive junior post of Environmental Health Assistant 1.

An hour later McDowall and Nicholls emerged from the court room, telling reporters that there was very little they could say at this stage, since the matter was now going through case management.

However, while acknowledging that his client’s appointment was “temporary”, he took issue with “how they [Government] purported to fill the post”.

“So that is being challenged before the court,” the attorney said.

Insisting that the action taken against him was “illegal” and a case of political victimization, McDowall, whose union had previously called out Customs and Immigration officers in protest of his controversial removal, told reporters today that the union was not prepared to give up the fight. In fact, he warned that the NUPW would be addressing the matter on two fronts.

“We are fighting the matter on  . . . the industrial front and the legalistic front,” he explained, while lamenting that all efforts to date to have the issue amicably resolved have been unsuccessful.

“Unfortunately we have not received all of the decisions that we wanted to in a timely manner, so therefore we have to
fight on both fronts,” McDowall told reporters on the steps of the Supreme Court Complex.

However, when asked by Barbados TODAY whether the country should expect further industrial action over his removal from the post, he declined to comment.

“We took industrial action in December last year when we called out Customs and Immigration officers . . . and then there were things going on behind the scenes that we were doing.

“Now the National Council has decided that we would try to fight it on both fronts
. . . there is no conflict between the two, both can happen together,” the union leader said.

In the meantime, McDowall, who is scheduled to return to court on March 31, said the Council would issue a formal statement on the matter in the coming days.

Earlier this month, Nicholls took the fight to his former political opponent Chris Sinckler, challenging the minister’s right to fire the head of the island’s monetary authority. However, after a two week legal battle the application was dismissed by the Court of Appeal, clearing the way for Worrell’s sacking, even though the substantive case is still to be heard.

It is therefore left to be seen how the court will rule in McDowall’s case.
fernellawedderburn@barbadostoday.bb

13 Responses to Stepped up fight

  1. Carson C Cadogan March 15, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Is the NUPW paying his legal fees?

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    • Peter March 15, 2017 at 9:39 am

      Never mind that Carson, Mr. Nicholls WILL be paid. Unlike all those people who cannot get bak their tax returns and CLICO overdue repayments. As for Steven Blackett, He is nit picking. How can he investigate and being charges against the parentys of that intelligent and very articulative young man who spoke during a national walk last Saturday. That is the same young man who is going to Indonesia to REPRESENT BARBADOS in an international debating competition. How can he fit in abuse there? He’s jealous. That young man can speak better than him. especially in parliament. He is instigating violence and bloodshed in Barbados. They tried it against Mia just before 2013 now he’s trying to bring back up that smoke screen to scare people. He is a dunce.

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      • Peter March 15, 2017 at 9:45 am

        Is Under 13 Cricket and primary school sports abuse too? Imagine Blackett getting a fat salary in parliament for talking bare sheet. That walk was a resounding success special safetechnology was used to do a body count and over 17,500 bodies were counted.

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      • Carson C Cadogan March 15, 2017 at 8:24 pm

        He cant be very bright. He is a BLP supporter.

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  2. MG March 15, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Why would the NUPW need to pay the legal fees of an individual who has two jobs? You Mr. Cadogan always coming with a lot of sinister comments. Everyone one with a common sense knows the reason why he was removed from his acting post. Get real man!

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  3. Kevin March 15, 2017 at 9:23 am

    isnt Gregory Nicholls tired of losing.

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  4. Peter March 15, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Kevin, you don’t roam the Law Courts so you don’t know anything. Now go back to bed. on the sidewalk where you belong.

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    • Sherlock Holmes. March 15, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Peter you need to stop with the insulting language, in as much as i do not like to respond in kind, i must say that sometimes you are so full of crap it’s a wonder the flies haven’t carried you off as yet.

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  5. sticks and stones March 15, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Is this the same Annakani who tried to blackmailed govt into paying striking workers at the expense of taxpayers money.

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  6. Carson C Cadogan March 15, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    A man with TWO jobs.

    When I grow up I want to be a NUPW President. Free Mercedes Benz bought and paid for with union members money, free gas, free vehicle insurance all paid for with union members money, big union salary, Court cases legal fees paid for with union members money, and on and on.

    I must become a NUPW President.

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    • hcalndre March 15, 2017 at 10:37 pm

      Carson C Cadogan, since you`re an operative of the DLP and speaking of two jobs, Mr. Mc Dowall should have a job position where he can be available at anytime during a work day in case he is needed as the union rep. Now tell me how many jobs Ronald Jones held at one time, he is the MO Ed., he acted as PM, he had a position with the b`dos football association and he was with the Caribbean football under that guy from trinidad, all at the same time.

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    • David reeves March 15, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      Michael lashley aka Carson how many things you havr that are aid for by the government

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  7. Saga Boy March 15, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    What a waste of time. He needs to know when to give up. There is no way he can win..When the acting appointment came to an end it was that. NUPW ant even pay their staff and wasting money paying a lawyer for crap

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