McDowall’s case adjourned until May 18

Union leader Akanni McDowall, who was unceremoniously removed from his senior acting post in Government last October, is yet to have his day in court.

McDowall, through his attorney Gregory Nicholls, is challenging the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) decision to remove him from the acting position of Health Planning Officer 1 and to revert him to his substantive junior post of Environmental Health Assistant 1.

However, when the parties made their second appearance before Justice William Chandler in the No.10 Supreme Court today the matter was only mentioned and then adjourned until May 18.

The lawsuit against the PSC was filed back in February and first heard before the judge on March 14. However, after that first hearing, which lasted just over an hour in the Supreme Court Complex, Nicholls had told reporters there was not much to say as the matter was still at the case management stage.

McDowall, who is the president of the National Union of Public Workers, is maintaining that the action taken against him by the PSC was “illegal” and amounted to a case of political victimization.

He has also warned that the union was not prepared to give up the fight to get him reinstated and would therefore contest the matter both on the industrial and legalistic fronts since all efforts to have the issue resolved amicably had been unsuccessful.

5 Responses to McDowall’s case adjourned until May 18

  1. jrsmith April 1, 2017 at 5:40 am

    This guy is not seeing beyond his blinkers , bajans have no real past union history to call on , because it all got corrupt by past and present politicians, this is all party politics he is been led into a trap.. control your self and take control of your job reel back and come again with strength, show the enemy you means business , beware of bajan politicians ………………………………..

  2. Carson C Cadogan April 1, 2017 at 7:42 pm


    What an idiot.

  3. Saga Boy April 2, 2017 at 4:31 am

    This is a nonsense case that can’t be won. Makes absolutely no sense. The union is being lead by an immature illogical individual whose lack of experience continues to show him up. He is full of contradictions.

    • hcalndre April 2, 2017 at 6:31 am

      @Saga Boy/Carson; you seem to believe that the previous Union reps. were did a wonderful job for the workers but they were operatives for the DLP. Look at the political party is their choice after they leave the workers to hang out and dry, I`ll bet if Mc. Dowall sit like a stool pigeon and be in bed with the party he would be a matured young leader.

  4. Greengiant April 2, 2017 at 9:06 am

    @hcalndre; Akanni is leaning towards a party as well, then he too is being represented by Gregory Nichols. Suddenly every legal challenge to the government has the same legal representative.

    What we are saying is that his immaturity is leading him into a trap that will discredit the youth of this country in leadership positions. There is a small faction of mature persons within some sectors in this country who wants the status quo to remain. They don’t want younger persons to get to leadership positions, are afraid of change and will do anything to hold onto offices they have misused for years.

    McDowall have to be aware of this lot, they’re at the civil service, union, and political level as well. Him being a successful leader would bring youthful members with a similar militancy to the NUPW. The older executive members don’t want this, the politicians of either leading party can’t wish for this type of militancy within the trade union movement. So what several of us are saying is while there was a time for close association between political parties and the unions, those days have passed. They’re not benefits for the workers from their union leadership openly associating with political parties. If McDowall hopes to be a successful union leader he has to remain independent of politics otherwise his fellow militant youth will unforgivingly destroy him in the future. He or young Moore will never enjoy the passivity of the masses experienced by Walcott, Trotman’s, Morris recently and the likes of Adams, Crawford and Springer before them. These are simply different times with a more aggressive and demanding worker.


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