Opposition Leader Mia Mottley last night issued a strong word of warning to two Government workers who have just been nominated to represent her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in the next general election, whenever it is called.
Speaking at the end of last night’s candidate selection exercise in St Michael North West, which was won by Neil Rowe, a Government-employed social worker, Mottley warned him that he could be made to suffer the same fate as the President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Akanni McDowall, who was last week unceremoniously removed from his senior acting post and sent back to his substantive junior post of Environmental Health Assistant 1 in the public service.
“Neil, just like a few others among you who have made great sacrifices to represent the people of this country, . . . you do not know the fate of your job come next month as a public servant,” Mottley cautioned.
She also said she did not take lightly the commitment of Charles Griffith, another Government employed social worker, who was given the nod last Sunday to represent the Opposition in St John.
“Look at Akanni McDowall. He has stood up as President of the NUPW for the people in the NUPW.
“How curious is it that he is now being asked to revert to a position without there being a clear person to be appointed to the position in which he was acting?” the Opposition Leader asked.
Mottley, who is an attorney-at-law, also suggested before the gathering at Ellerslie Secondary School that Government could have a legal case to answer and that McDowall should contest the matter in court.
“If you put that before any jury of 12 across this country people will tell you that he is in that position because he stood up against the Government of Barbados,” she said, arguing that the current administration was the island’s worst intimidator of workers.
“I heard [Minister of Labour Dr] Esther Byer-Suckoo threatening to take employers to court, but the employer who has most intimidated and breached rights in this country in the last three years has been the Government of Barbados,” she charged.