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PM tells NUPW president to stick to agenda


SHERRYLYN TOPPIN, [email protected]

PM tells NUPW president to stick to agenda

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PRESIDENT OF THE National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Akanni McDowall was not allowed to make an individual address to the Social Partnership this morning.

In pointing out he represented the NUPW, McDowall appealed to chairman Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart to speak to the gathering.

However, Stuart reminded McDowall when they met on Tuesday evening, it was agreed to stick to the agenda.

“You were one of the most robust advocates to that course of action,” Stuart said, “I wouldn’t want to think that having agitated for strict compliance with the agenda you want to be the first to violate it.

“We are on issues of concern and therefore I want to discuss the concerns.”

McDowall conceded and subsequently gave the floor to Barbados Workers’ Union general secretary Toni Moore to lead that segment of the discussion. He said he would be making a presentation later on a Coping Subsidy.

The agenda for the meeting of the Social Partnership was circulated yesterday evening. 

After opening remarks by Stuart, chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association Charles Herbert, president of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados Cedric Murrell and Moore were allotted time to address the forum.

Thirty minutes were also set aside to discuss “issues of concern”.

Acting governor of the Central Bank Cleviston Haynes and Dr Louis Woodroffe, Director of Finance and Economic Affairs, were also slated to make presentations on the economy prior to further dialogue in the evening. (SAT)

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