The NUPW – representing public sector workers – is expected to play an important role in the civil society of Barbados. This is a heightened expectation given the current state of affairs. It is therefore important that it represents itself as a professional outfit, there is simply too much at stake.
The disagreement which surfaced this week between the General Secretary of the NUPW Roslyn Smith and the President Akanni McDowall does not bode well for a well managed industrial climate if we are to believe the two represent a significant section of NUPW’s leadership.
Here is the letter Roslyn Smith is purported to have written without the approval of President McDowall or the National Council. BU notes the letterhead bears the names of former president Walter Maloney and Dennis Clarke. It should be a matter of priority for the McDowall and Smith to quickly resolve this matter because we fear those who stand to benefit will take advantage to the disadvantage of the workers.