Treasurer of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Asokore Beckles is staying clear of recent allegations levelled by his colleague Joyann Inniss that some union officials were acting inappropriately on a number of issues
Last Friday, Inniss, the NUPW’s first Vice President told Barbados TODAY that she and some senior officers had been sidelined by the NUPW’s leadership, who she charged had also violated industrial relations protocols, and in some cases was simply ignorant of conventional norm.
Inniss made reference to Beckles, who on Thursday told Barbados TODAY it would be wise to appoint a special independent mediator to help speed up settlements in industrial disputes and avoid protests such as last week’s sickout at the Grantley Adams International Airport and the go-slow at both ports of entry.
Inniss suggested Beckles had no idea what he was talking about, making it clear there already were mechanisms in place for such mediation, including the Social Partnership of Government, labour unions and the private sector.
In response this afternoon Beckles told Barbados TODAY, “I prefer not to comment directly to those statements.”
He however rubbished the idea that any executive member was being sidelined.
“There are six elected executive members of the NUPW and close to 50 council members who, like the rest of Barbados, have varying affiliations. It is therefore safe to say that the decisions of NUPW are not a reflection of the whims of one or two individuals.”
NUPW President Akanni McDowall has indicated that Inniss’ latest public utterances would be discussed by the National Council.