SSA strike off

The threat of major industrial action at the state-run Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) has been discarded, at least for the time being.

Following a meeting with the estimated 800 unionized SSA workers this morning, President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Akanni McDowall reported that significant progress had been made overnight in resolving their main grouses, namely the suspension of supervisor Michael Stuart from the SSA for over a year, outstanding appointments and the yet-to-be approved collective agreement between the NUPW and Government.

In terms of the appointments, McDowall said an undertaking was given by management to complete the process for “all eligible workers” within the next two days.

Following a meeting with unionized SSA workers this morning, NUPW President Akanni McDowall (second from left) reported that significant progress had been made overnight in resolving their main grouses.

“I received the information late yesterday evening that the workers of SSA would be receiving their appointments by the end of this month,” McDowall said.

“Of course what the union has to do, and what we always do, is that we try to make sure that whatever agreements are reached are placed in black and white. So we still have to make sure that information is sent to us in writing which we will do, but we have it on good grounds from the management of SSA that those workers will receive their appointments by the end of the month,” he added.

The union president also reported that the two sides were working to sign off on their new collective agreement as “as soon as possible”.

“We don’t want to have an agreement that doesn’t contain all of the wishes of the members. So once the agreement has in all of the information that we think that it should have, then we would make sure that the agreement is signed as soon as possible,” McDowall explained.

He also reported while the union was prepared to fight for Stuart’s reinstatement, the 61-year-old, who had been employed at the SSA for 16 years, had decided, after discussion with his wife, family and close friends, to opt for retirement.

“The support was here for Michael Stuart. We had all of the meetings to make sure Michael Stuart was reinstated. We did everything within our control to make sure that Michael Stuart was reinstated. All that was left for us to do now was to make sure we had the support of the workers to take industrial [action] for him to be reinstated,” said McDowall, who termed Stuart’s decision an “interesting” development, while wishing him a “healthy and enjoyable retirement”.

6 Responses to SSA strike off

  1. David White November 29, 2017 at 3:08 am

    Bro Akanni we think you are going to loose goodwill if you continue preaching industrial action as a ‘normal’ course in resolving issues. Surely you and the NUPW can be more creative and diplomatic in resolving matters of industrial relations. Use skill instead of heavy-handed and clumsy comments. Definitely not a good sign of the sophistication and intellect of Union leadership.
    SSA is your strongest weapon in industrial action do not use the workers there whimsically. We all know the story of the boy who cried wolf!!
    Unfortunately the clumsy and heavy handed responses are reflected by our political leadership as well.

  2. archy perch November 29, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Strupse. Day runs until night catches up. Just wait and see.

  3. Roverp November 29, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Seems after the DEM operatives were removed the union now working…….

  4. milli watt November 29, 2017 at 9:33 am

    stupse…….cha den wanted to break two jobs during this strike. I goin got to do them during working hours. oh well it ain’t as if I did not try.

  5. Mark My Word November 29, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Akanni McDowall you have a Masters Degree, but Mr Stuart the Sanitation worker has common sense, which you lack, and did the sensible thing.

    Lil force ripe bwoy want to shut down SSA stink up whole country when common sense can prevail, lil fool fool bwoy.
    These undercover Babylonian agents masquerading as workers representatives have one agenda.

  6. Concerned Barbadian November 29, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Mc Dowall seems to be in the highligt every other week. Is he taking the Prime Minister’s air-time or is he running for a constituency seat ?


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