(From left) Redeemed NUPW president Akanni McDowall looks on as general secretary Roslyn Smith finishes her address to the media. Second vice-president Fabian Jones stands by her side. (Photo by Alex Downes)
National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) president Akanni McDowall has been redeemed.
Yesterday, after weeks of tensions within the union in full glare of the public, the island’s largest public workers union once again backed McDowall and there were no charges brought against him.
The seven-hour-long National Council meeting, which started around 2:30 p.m., was to discuss a number of union issues but the first and most pertinent agenda item surrounded the embattled president. It proved to be a sticking point as discussion centred on it for nearly five hours.
Over the course of the meeting, tensions ran high as several members of the council took breaks, explaining they were frustrated by the proceedings.
But in the end, general secretary Roslyn Smith backed McDowall as the man to lead the union forward. (Nation News)