Lowe should be the one to go, says NUPW spokeswoman

Twenty-four hours after Barbados TODAY broke the news that Minister of the Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe had demanded the resignation of the entire board of directors of the Sanitation Service Authority(SSA), the bargaining agent for SSA employees is calling for a probe into the minister’s decision.

Government sources say Lowe is apparently unhappy with the performance of the board of the financially strapped SSA. However, it could be left to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to decide if they present their instruments at Lowe’s disposal, as he demanded, since members of the statutory board appear equally determined to stay put, unless they are told otherwise by Cabinet.

Denis Lowe and Roslyn Smith

The development comes as the authority searches for a manager to replace acting head Roslyn Knight, and amid mounting financial challenges that are threatening to unravel a controversial deal reached with private haulers last October to improve the island’s waste collection.

Today, General Secretary of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Roslyn Smith warned that firing the SSA board would not solve the operational problems at the state-owned garbage collection entity.

“I don’t believe that would solve the problem. You would recall that I had said before that he [Lowe] should have been removed from the SSA,” she said.

While reiterating that call, she suggested that “things happen because you either have to manage and manage properly, or things would go awry”.

While calling for an investigation into Lowe’s decision to fire the board, Smith she was insistent that the embattled minister should also relinquish his responsibilities for the SSA, which she said would be better served under the auspices of the Ministry of Health.

“I believe a proper investigation should take place to find out the root causes because everyone would have their position. The board would be in a position to have their say, he [Lowe] would be in a position to have his say, and you weigh the two and you would see exactly what the issues are and if that is supposed to be the solution or not,” the NUPW boss suggested.

Asked what the union perceived to be the real issues at the SSA, Smith replied:

“There are issues . . . but I would prefer that the issue relating to the new request by the minister be investigated and await the outcome.”

With the SSA unable to put sufficient trucks on the road, Government had reached a deal with five private truckers to clear the island’s garbage.  The arrangement, which was for six months in the first instance, has since been extended.

However, just recently one of the five private waste haulers pulled out of the arrangement amid reports that two of the remaining four were likely to follow suit.

The head of Simpson Trucking and Skip Services Inc Charles Read had confirmed to Barbados TODAY that his company had pulled out of the public-private sector garbage collection plan because the waste collection agency owed his company tens of thousands of dollars in overdue payments.

The deal was also criticized by the NUPW, which saw it as a means of privatizing the SSA via the back door.

Social activist and attorney-at-law David Comissiong had also challenged the state agency over the deal, threatening legal action in a letter dated October 22 last year.


26 Responses to Lowe should be the one to go, says NUPW spokeswoman

  1. Mic Taylor
    Mic Taylor September 20, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Lowe don’t have a clue what’s going on

  2. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt September 20, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Ugly red woman.

    • Joysce Noel
      Joysce Noel September 20, 2017 at 6:10 am

      Ruff house that is a very nice lady good lookingness don’t carry nobody noway

    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor September 20, 2017 at 7:03 am

      Wunna understand thay everybody has an opinion though… It may not be a nice opinion but it’s his opinion…. She may be nice to u and demonic to someone else…

    • Mark My Word September 20, 2017 at 8:02 am

      Ignorant, educated no common sense Dennis the menace that hatch and not born from a woman run way fool go wash yuh dirty skin

    • Mark My Word September 20, 2017 at 8:07 am

      Wait Ruff House you in prison or out, have not seen you in Nelson street lately

    • Mark My Word September 20, 2017 at 8:15 am

      Ruff house Roslyn never rob nobody in Queen’s Park yet, can you say the same.

    • BlackBlondeChica September 20, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Very backward comment as per usual regarding women….
      .from possible an average male or below……it is not a beauty pageant you Bimbo…..this is about business, money and other rubbish and agendas..and what is red you.backward thinking hillbilly…she is a black woman…you enslaved freak

  3. Mac September 20, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Dennis Taitt your comment is a reflection of your understanding (or inability to understand) the topic.

  4. Jennifer September 20, 2017 at 4:39 am

    A.body cannot be fixed with a bad head. The head must be severed and start fresh. If start can even occur. At least these haulers recognise them in the financial pond as sitting ducks and climb out quick. The pond of no returns. These Hawks, Ravens, eagles and vultures will be back. Don’t blame them.

  5. Maureen Burgess
    Maureen Burgess September 20, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Look out trouble, the fat lady singing

  6. Joysce Noel
    Joysce Noel September 20, 2017 at 6:13 am

    N Roslyn is not ugly eighter man f ya want to comment it’s ur rights but don’t discriminate no disrespect ruff house

  7. Ernesta Catlyn September 20, 2017 at 6:18 am

    No Mac, Dennis Taitt’s comment indicates he hates his mother and himself

  8. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde September 20, 2017 at 7:14 am


  9. Samuel Morrison September 20, 2017 at 8:25 am

    The minister appoints, he has the right to disappoint. You nasty people commenting just want to air wanna mouths.

  10. Donild Trimp September 20, 2017 at 8:27 am

    @Dennis Taitt –
    You are a true nincompoop.

    The board at SSA should be fired. The Minister is absolutely correct in getting rid of the dead weight.

    The board at the SSA is a dysfunctional board and due to their inability to keep the SSA operating at a satisfactory level, Barbadians of all stripes are suffering.

    Stick to your guns Minister Lowe and get rid of the dead weight at SSA for the betterment of all Barbadians.

    The entitlement mentality in Barbados must be eradicated and the sooner, the better.

    Who the hell does the Board at the SSA think they are?

    You are all replaceable, get that in your heads. Do you all think you are there for life?

    You all are causing Barbadians to suffer as a result of your incompetence and you must go.

  11. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade September 20, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Mureen burgess how would you like it if some one call u name it not nice at all you are a woman yes please you musr be dlp

  12. Andrew Simpson September 20, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Citizens must demand the design and development of a new governance model. A direct participatory democracy, leveraging modern technology to accomplish greater transparency, accountability and integrity, with effective and efficient businesslike management of the economy by qualified sectoral leaders.
    All Barbadians must start by taking responsibility for the little things; by reducing the quantity of wastage and by cultivating individual responsibility for promoting local energy security, including the food we eat. Reusing organics in compost, sorting at source for recycling and practicing Environomics is something that we all can do to contribute right away.
    Principles of love and care, for each other and our natural environment can pave the way for harmony and financial prosperity to envelop society.

  13. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba September 20, 2017 at 9:09 am

    when u all had the chance to get rid ah dem fa good, before the march july 24 it was squandered, wanna don’t understand this government likes everything that bad…..if u doubt me ask fundal hes #1

  14. Harry September 20, 2017 at 9:33 am

    DT what a load of crap, if the board is replaceable why not the Minister? if we are getting rid of dead weight then the Minister has to go.

  15. Donild Trimp September 20, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Harry, who said the Minister was not replaceable? That is done by something called ELECTIONS.

    Until that happens, the Minister is in charge of the SSA, not the other way around. The Directors at the SSA are not in charge of the Minister.

    The dead weight at the SSA must go. They were all deemed to be incompetent in the way the SSA is being run and such incompetence is affecting the well being of the majority of Barbadians.

    Nothing else need to be said.

  16. Michael Broomes September 20, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    I know by the next elections nobody will be worrying about the Minister or the Dlp all of them gone!!

  17. eddy murray September 20, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Donild Trimp ,the dead weight hired the dead weight

  18. Adrian Hinds September 21, 2017 at 9:35 am

    When was the last time the Sanitation Service Authority was seen as good, wholesome, and doing right by the public it serves? The Minister is not the problem. Public sector workers and their unions are the problem; not only in Barbados but in many countries.

  19. DE September 21, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    The whole problem with this present government, is that they removed all the management structure from these establishment like the hospital, airport, seaport, financial entities and the same SSA and replace them with something call a board, just to give they big up supporters some position and free money and all the boards are doing is destroying the organizations that they are supposed to be managing and sucking the country.


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