Negotiations between the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and the Personnel Administration Division (PAD) have broken down, with the NUPW now preparing to embark on phased industrial action by Friday.
The NUPW, which has the backing of its fellow trade unions, is also scheduled to meet with them Thursday afternoon to fine tune a joint strategy.
The NUPW had earlier given the PAD until today to provide it with a satisfactory response to its demands for the reinstatement of its President Akanni McDowall, who was reverted from the post of Acting Health Planning Officer 1 to his substantive position of Environmental Health Assistant 1 late last month.
Since then, a female public officer has reportedly replaced McDowall, whose reversion has been described by the NUPW as “an act of victimization”, which it is adamant must be corrected.
However, while a written reply was forthcoming Wednesday from the PAD to the union’s demands, one NUPW official told Barbados TODAY this afternoon that it was less than satisfactory.
“The PAD has sent us a letter letting us know it [the union’s position] didn’t get looked at Monday [even though] we had requested it be looked by then. They [PAD] also said they would see if they could look at it next week Monday.
“From our end, we do not see that as a response that we want to hear, so we are going forward with planning action,” one union spokesman revealed.
Asked what form would the protest action take, the NUPW official said: “You will start to see things happening.
“We are calling out one or two offices piece by piece and you will see progressive action, starting Friday.”