General Secretary of the National Union of Public Workers, Dennis Clarke, will be stepping down from that position at the end of October.
Clarke made this disclosure today as the NUPW faces one of its major challenges in its long history with Government’s announcement that it will be laying off over 3, 000 public workers by the end of March.
Clarke, who has been an officer of the union for the past 40 years and general secretary for the past five said: “It is a decision I have been contemplating for some time and something special will have to happen for me to change my mind. I think I have reached a point where I am tired; so like Sir Roy Trotman, I am thinking about moving on. I am thinking about quitting on October 30. Something extraordinary would have to happen for me to go past that date. I have had that date for quite a while.”
There is no indication who will succeed him.
“I know for certain I have some very competent young people, there is no question about that and I have been working with them. You see the Public Service is a complicated institution. You cannot walk off the street and come into this institution and be on top of things. You have to have people in here who understand the workings of the public service. It is not as straightforward as the Private Sector. So I have a group of young people, they are all qualified, and I believe the institution will be in safe hands,” he added.
Recently, long-standing general secretary of the Barbados Workers Union, Sir Roy Trotman, announced that he would be stepping down from that position in August.
Thirty-seven-year-old Toni Moore has been nominated to replace Sir Roy when the union holds its annual conference in August.