NUPW takes umbrage to Reid’s comments

A trustee of the umbrella Congress of Trade Union and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) has landed himself in hot water with the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW).

Delivering the ruling Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) lunchtime lecture on Friday, former president of the Barbados Police Association Hartley Reid stated that the NUPW was “always a problem in CTUSAB”, while revealing that it had defaulted for up to two years on its subscriptions.

“The NUPW was always a problem in CTUSAB, was always a problem,” Reid insisted, while pointing out that as the largest public sector trade union, “they always contended that they should negotiate by themselves in salary negotiations”.

Reid also suggested that relations between CTUSAB and the NUPW were not what they seemed at face value, saying “it might appear to be running smoothly on the outside, but like the proverbial duck up under the water . . .always had issues.

“What we are having now is that the members, certain members of CTUSAB, have decided that they are going to take matters into their own hands and they have gone outside of the President Cedric Murrell [and] the General Secretary Dennis DePeiza and they have now identified and are doing things by themselves,” Reid told those in attendance at the DLP headquarters.

“What they are doing now is forming their own alliances, so that’s why you can see now the NUPW, the BWU [the Barbados Workers’ Union], Barbados Union of Teachers [BUT]. They are out there out front doing their things,” the CTUSAB trustee added.

His comments have seemingly offended top executives of the NUPW, with the union’s General Secretary Roslyn Smith confirming to Barbados TODAY that a formal complaint had already been lodged with the umbrella organization.

She also revealed that Reid’s statements could be the subject of discussion as early as tomorrow.

“We have lodged a complaint  . . . and we’re meeting to look at that complaint.  That is as far as I would say,” she said.

In a separate interview, NUPW President Akanni McDowall confirmed that Reid’s comments were up for discussion at a 2 p.m. meeting of the Congress on Tuesday.

However, when Barbados TODAY contacted CTUSAB General Secretary Dennis DePeiza he did not entertain any discussion on the matter.

DePeiza also sidestepped the ongoing impasse between the island’s four major trade unions – including the NUPW, the BWU, BUT and the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union – and Government over recently announced austerity measures saying, “I really and truly am not entertaining any discussion on any matter that does not involve the Congress of Trade Union and Staff Associations of Barbados. I don’t know nothing more than what I’ve seen in the media and I have no further comment to say [make] on that,” he said.

14 Responses to NUPW takes umbrage to Reid’s comments

  1. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall July 17, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    A complete joker,A yardie

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  2. Wendell Kirton
    Wendell Kirton July 17, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Lol

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  3. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton July 17, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    No political yardfowlism will be tolerated.

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  4. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea July 18, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Mr ReId…

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  5. Andrea Marsshall July 18, 2017 at 12:22 am

    freedom of speech

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  6. jrsmith July 18, 2017 at 6:03 am

    This is what the government of the day want to see , the people arguing among themselves , even worst the trade unionist…. Thats why decade after decade the bajan black masses , will see how easy it is for 1% of our nation to be in control of our country and they dont even have to get involve in the local politics………
    Thats why our politicians only work in the interest of some people and not in the interest of the mass of the people…………..
    Thats why the politicians can say what they like , do what they like, at anytime they like ……….. because they are not accountable to the masses , lots of the worst countries in the world , wouldn’t have put up with a government as this one in barbados for 2 terms……………………………………..
    The trade unions/unionists in barbados better be aware and be very, very careful , because this horrible government have the chance to be elected again come the new elections, if this happens , you will see …………. How the black masses of bajans ….. will have limited rights to protest , which you can see already local bajans is very, very scared to publicly speak out loudly against the injustices in barbados……….. lets wait and see………..

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  7. Troy July 18, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Divide …and …Rule.

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  8. Dawn Franklin
    Dawn Franklin July 18, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Hartley like a fart comes out smells bad will blow off quickly after. Empty vessel he is

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  9. joan Worrell July 18, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Comrade Hartley

    You spoke the truth and whomever the cap fits, let them wear it. You are as free to express your views as they are to up de ting.

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  10. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd July 18, 2017 at 9:10 am

    HARTLEY

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  11. Mack July 18, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Hartley it is time to relax, get some sea baths, play with the grand children and leave out this foolishness with the political parties

    You almost use up your three score and ten. Enjoy what is left!!!

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  12. BaJan boy July 18, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Hartley is just an empty DEMS surrogate who likes to jump into every recognized organization for self elevation and freeness.. He lead the police for so many and like the now retired Chair of NUPW allowed the DLP government to do what ever they please. He is an executive member of the DLP and the other one got all the promotions at Housing and with it increase in salary whils all the others got nothing. Now that the unions are fighting for the memebrs it is affecting them. Hartley should be ashamed empty vessel.

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  13. BaJan boy July 18, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Hartley is just an empty DEMS surrogate who likes to jump into every recognized organization for self elevation and freeness.. He lead the police for so many and like the now retired Chair of NUPW allowed the DLP government to do what ever they please. He is an executive member of the DLP and the other one got all the promotions at Housing and with it increase in salary whils all the others got nothing. Now that the unions are fighting for the memebrs it is affecting them. Hartley should be ashamed empty vessel.

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