McDowall: We are not troublemakers

As the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) prepares to press for a salary increase for its members and public workers, President Akanni McDowall is urging the country not to brand the union executives as troublemakers.

McDowall delivered brief remarks during a service this morning at the historic and symbolic Cathedral of St Michael and All Angels marking the start of the NUPW’s Annual General Conference.

” . . . we are not agitating for this pay raise because we are troublemakers, or because we do not love our country,” he said.

“We are stakeholders in nation building.  If the Government of Barbados signals to us that our country is in difficult times and strain will be held, we the union will hold strain.  It is our national duty to so do.  However, when the Government signals, by removing the hold of strain that we are again in a position to do more, then the union will return to its primary mandate of ensuring that our workers are not taken for granted.”

The NUPW has threatened industrial action to force Government back to the negotiating table. Last week the union’s General Council decided to engage in industrial action at a yet to be announced date, to pressure the administration to resume talks on its demand for 23 per cent pay rise for public servants.

The union insists that its research has found that Government can afford a wage hike, and it has dug in its heels even further following the decision by legislators of the ruling Democratic Labour Party to restore the ten per cent that was cut from their salaries and those of senior public servants in 2014 during the height of austerity.

Outlining some of their recent achievements, McDowall said the NUPW now has better connectivity with the public through a new website launched this month.

“In response to the economic hardships faced by our members, we have been able to offer a discount card on goods and services.  We are strengthening our internal management and administration – for the first time since 2013, we have audited financial statements,” he said.

“In the face of the national concern about non-communicable diseases, we have also been able to make the health and wellness of our workers a priority, by partnering with the University of the West Indies to implement a wellness programme for members. There are several other initiatives which you will hear about during the course of our week of activities,” McDowall added.

32 Responses to McDowall: We are not troublemakers

  1. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall March 19, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    You give us representation that was lacking for over 10yrs.

  2. Joey St
    Joey St March 19, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    How else then do you justify asking for a 23% salary increase at a time when government is already struggling to pay public servant’s salaries???

    • Marsha Hinds
      Marsha Hinds March 19, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      Same way the men justified returning their 10%…

    • Joey St
      Joey St March 19, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      I agree the timing wasn’t right but it’s theirs so get over it and move on

    • Marsha Hinds
      Marsha Hinds March 20, 2017 at 8:32 am

      Cool…so the workers want them to get over and run the country too….eva body on d same pagem..

  3. hcalndre March 19, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Mc Dowall fight for you members and should you be ousted, then it will only take a little time for all to see that it was political motivated. Read Malcolm X speech on the house Negro at Michigan State UV. 23 January `68. The difference today is that it`s your own.

    • Jennifer March 19, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      @hcaindre – You sweetly evil person you. All praises, bring IT OUT. This is the main problem with these jedi mind tricksters. That speech is f***ing brilliant. This is exactly what is wrong with the masses and those sitting in parliament upholding evil. THE HOUSE NEGRO AND THE FIELD NEGRO SYNDROME. The man is just the epitome of what consciousness is with such an astounding speech. Still Stiff in this society today. No wonder the devil killed him. You said READ but I am sure you mean watch on u tube. You must watch the VERNON JOHNS STORY. The more things appear to be changing the more they remain the same hun.

  4. Wayne T Griffith
    Wayne T Griffith March 19, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Bruh! The government already tricked you. They admitted in the estimates that the country is in deep do-do economically. So the whole of Barbados will think the unions are mad to be pressing for increased salaries.

    • Marsha Hinds
      Marsha Hinds March 19, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      Not after they remember a certain recent restoration….

  5. CARSON CADOGAN March 19, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Who is he trying to fool?

    Certainly not me or sensible Bajans. They are just out to create strife in Barbados.

  6. Steve Thomas
    Steve Thomas March 19, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Mc Dowall you need to join forces wid the others that fed up and step up to shut the Country down and make DEM Step down..

  7. Sheron Inniss March 19, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Mr McDowall I agree with you. Too many entourages all over the place travelling at our expense. What happen to video conferencing? You don’t even hear too much or see the benefits of these summits. The DLP also had the gall to re-instate their 10%. It seems they are the only ones ind need. A lot of civil servants don’t even go home with 1/2 or a 1/4 of what those ministers earn in a year with perks.

  8. Sherlock Holmes. March 19, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Nupw head clown.

  9. Geoff Small March 19, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Mr.McDowall, you and your executive that support the wages you are asking for, are not living in the real Barbados world. In my opinion, your leadership needs to be challenged and replaced. No union in a down turn economy would ask for such an outrageous wage increase. However, as you have indicated that you have an audited account that shows the government’s ability to meet your wage demand, be transparent show us. The government would certainly like to know where find this money.

    I suggest that you settle for a wage increase around the inflation rate and fight the issue of lay offs. This is coming and is going to reduce your union membership. Maybe you should be looking at reducing your staff.

    • hcalndre March 19, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      @Geoff Small, did these same politicians reinstated their 10% because they could not live their high flying life style as they accustom to they say, when you and I know that they were still doing well with the perks and freebies without the 10%. The Civil servants have not gotten a raise in 8 years. Would you work for 8 years and every month there is some kind of added taxes you have to pay plus their salary, are they not making a mockery of the taxpayers?

      • Jennifer March 19, 2017 at 8:26 pm

        @hcalndre – Not to mention the concessions that the 1% asking for. This is the lot that keep the plantation going.

  10. Milli Watt March 19, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    give dem hell mac daddy

  11. Mia Allone
    Mia Allone March 20, 2017 at 2:04 am

    he used to be so cute…stressfull job beginning to show in his face…remind me of Obama before and after presidency

    • Sherlock Holmes. March 20, 2017 at 10:56 am

      You definitely need spectacles, chucky schumer was never cute.

  12. Bajan First March 20, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Go for it NUPW force the Government to find the money to pay the 23%. They can get it. The MIF is ready to help. We don’t care about the conditions they will impose as long as we get we money! Who cares about the country at this point! A devaluation following the increase is sure to get us what we really want. The BLP have the answers to our problems and will restore our dollar in short order and all the hard times will be a thing of the past! Go for it NUPW #

  13. Rosanna Lewis
    Rosanna Lewis March 20, 2017 at 6:47 am

    People are focusing on the 23%. It’s a start. Of course we are not going to get it because it will be negotiated downwards. But again we see a figure and just jump at it without using our heads. It’s a negotiation. And if I recall ministers made an argument that things were rough for them hence the need to restore their 10%. So hello… isn’t it rough for others as well.

  14. Carson C Cadogan March 20, 2017 at 7:33 am

    So I take it that only comments which support him are being allowed by Barbados Today.

  15. hcalndre March 20, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Bajan First: Have you heard what the DLP have in store for the people this election year? there are so much goodies such as hundreds of jobs, the free Ed at UWI is restored, houses for people, building of more hotels and a new hospital is on the cards but nothing for the Civil servants.

  16. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan March 20, 2017 at 8:58 am

    No, not trouble makers, but Nations destroyers across the world!

  17. Observer March 20, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Some of you folks are so out of it the cost of living in barbados is damn high you have a gentleman here looking out for the welfare of the workers in barbados and some of you got the nerve to say some BS about government don’t have this and don’t have that and all it is bad governing that’s there fault i highly agree with the union

    • Jennifer March 20, 2017 at 10:13 am

      Observer – I agree with you on this one, however, there are things that we black people can also do to curb the poor spending habits that our people have too. To keep more funds in OUR coffers. Let our QUEENS start by wearing their own hair, instead of putting on the poodle look, and for our men to support them fully, as they too are instigators of what our women is doing. Stop with their brainwashed BS holidays given to us in slavery. Stop from propping up THEIR fast food joints and supporting our own. This is the year of awakening and chickens will be coming home to roost. It’s like we are the SPENDING ENGINE of the earth while the others cash in and becoming greater and greater financially.

  18. Alex Alleyne March 20, 2017 at 10:48 am

    More job cuts on the way. After AUG/18/2017 DELTA is pulling out of BARBADOS.

  19. jrsmith March 20, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    I am hoping this guy have the cahhookers to fight of those politicians and be aware, he could suffer the same fate as the past union bosses, (to be a manager but never in control) dont trust our politicians they will sell you for peanuts and throw you to the lions………

    • Jennifer March 20, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      jrsmith – Hahahaahahahaaha- you too sweet. But the politicians in the same construct too, by the same device, only there but not in control. The little head currently controlling the big head.

  20. Carson C Cadogan March 20, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    He is nothing but a troublemaker in the employ of the Barbados Labour Party

  21. lime juice March 20, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Carson Cunnt Cadogan why don’t you shut your aasss, you idiot


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