Ready for a fight
THE NATIONAL UNION of Public Workers (NUPW) is prepared to call a national shutdown if that is what is required to defend its president.
It follows the humiliating demotion of NUPW president Akanni McDowall to the entry-level public service position of environmental assistant that he held more than a decade ago. He has insisted that he was unfairly treated when he was removed from the acting post of health promotion officer.
But NUPW general secretary Roslyn Smith told the MIDWEEK NATION yesterday that unless the Government was prepared to come to the negotiating table to discuss McDowall being reverted, the administration would feel the full weight of the trade union.
In the first step at forcing Government’s hand, Smith said that all environmental health officers who work at polyclinics across the island and at the country’s ports of entry including the two privately owned marinas in the north of the island, had been summoned to a meeting today at the union’s Dalkeith, St Michael headquarters. (GE)
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