The Executive Council of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) is scheduled to meet tomorrow to push forward the process of selecting a successor to outgoing General Secretary Dennis Clarke.
If no decision is made by the time Clarke demits office at the end of this month, however, Deputy General Secretary Roslyn Smith will act in the position.
And as he defended the union’s selection procedure, an agitated NUPW president Walter Maloney questioned why it was such “a hot topic”.
“The union has already laid down the criteria for it; a determination was made by the members, it was made by the Executive Council as to what are the particulars of the job . . . So why ask ‘should this person act or that person act?’ It becomes almost malicious hearing the same question all of the time,” he said.
“The agenda of the NUPW will not be set by anybody else. It will be set by those members who pay $26 per month and that is what we are doing. There are internal structures that we have already put in place. As far as I am concerned it is a non-question. It will be done in the time that is stated by the Executive Council.”
Clarke pointed out that the NUPW’s rules require that the job be advertised internally first and then, if no suitable candidate is found, the union would look outside.
“We have just put things in place to deal with the whole matter of advertising. The Executive Council is meeting tomorrow and after that meeting one will then start to see things rolled out with respect to how we will approach it,” he said.
Responding to a query from the media about Smith’s status in the union, Clarke said: “Whenever I am out of office, Smith would act as general secretary similar to when then general secretary Joseph Goddard was in office. Whenever Goddard was not in, I would assume the acting position.”