President of the National Union of Public Workers, Walter Maloney, today lost his bid to head the regional umbrella body.
Amidst a heated election and a flurry of accusations during a meeting of the Caribbean Congress of Labour in the Bahamas, incumbent CCL president David Massiah won the poll 25 to 15, after being nominated by the Barbados Workers Union.
Reports out of the Bahamas revealed this evening that some delegates were alleging that the public sector unions wanted to take over the CCL.
When contacted, Maloney, who was nominated by Trinidad and Tobago, told
Barbados TODAY, the Public Workers Union had been a member of the regional body for the past 40 years and no one from that sector had ever been president.
“I felt we had a contribution to make. I was quite uncomfortable at the meeting with allegations by some people, accusing the public sector union of wanting to take over. It came down to a fight between the private sector and the public sector,” Maloney lamented.
He said the NUPW was nominated by the Caribbean Public Service Association for president of the CCL. (EJ)