The President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Akanni McDowall has said he would not engage in a public spat with former president Walter Maloney.
Delivering the ruling Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) lunchtime lecture last week, Maloney gave the NUPW, under McDowall’s leadership, a failing grade.
But in a statement today, McDowall, who faces a serious challenge from Deputy General-Treasurer Roy Greenidge for the presidency in Wednesday’s ballot, said his team should be judged by its record of achievement over the past two years.
Listing his executive’s achievements, McDowall said they negotiated salary increases for Grantley Adams International Airport workers; appointments for all public servants acting for three or more years; establishment of 555 public sector posts; appointment of National Housing Corporation (NHC) and National Conservation Commission (NCC) workers; and increments dating back as much as five years for staff at the National Petroleum Corporation.
McDowall also pointed to the launch of a new website in March 2017; new membership cards allowing discounts on several goods and services; audited financial statements for the first time since 2013; renovation of the entire NUPW building, including the bar and kitchen area, and the installation of a new security system; and implementation of a Wellness Programme in collaboration with public health specialists from the University of the West Indies.
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