TWO of the National Sports Council’s (NSC) long-standing coaches, fired last year following allegations of fraud, now have to take their dismissals to the law courts.
The NSC’s board of management has turned down an appeal by their industrial representatives, the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), who had challenged the decision to fire Milton Small, a former West Indies fast bowler, and Jackie Browne-McConney, a former national netballer.
Small and Browne-McConney, who both had 19 years employment respectively with the NSC, were dismissed June 28 last year by the board of management on charges of falsification of records and dishonesty, following a coaching assignment at one of the island’s primary schools.
The Board subsequently heard an appeal on October 17 last year which was lodged by the NUPW, and on January 20 in a written document indicated they were not overturning the decision.
NUPW’s assistant general secretary Delcia Burke told the SATURDAY SUN yesterday the matter was now in the hands of their lawyers for a legal opinion.
“There were a lot of procedural foul-ups in terms of who was handling the initial matter and who started it and whether or not the director had any input and that sort of thing,” she said.