Bahamas Utilities Services and Allied Workers Union (BUSAWU) President Dwayne Woods yesterday called for the removal of Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) Executive Chairman Adrian Gibson and General Manager Elwood Donaldson as employees “withdrew enthusiasm”.
Woods cited numerous concerns while speaking outside the corporation’s Thompson Boulevard headquarters, where he was surrounded by employees who chanted “chairman got to go”.
“The executives are attempting to minimize the influence of the representative trade union by blatantly disrespecting, intimidating, victimizing and discriminating against our membership,” Woods claimed.
According to Woods, one of the union’s primary concerns was the recent five-day suspension of a union member because he left his personal vehicle on WSC grounds over the weekend.
He claimed that the employee was suspended on the grounds that he was using WSC property for the storage of personal items without consent.
In addition, Woods claimed that “friends, family and lovers” at the corporation have been promoted over hard-working employees.
He also claimed that penalties were being disproportionately levied on union members, and called for Gibson and Donaldson to not interfere in human resources at the company.
But Gibson said yesterday that Woods’ claims were “absolute nonsense”.
Speaking outside Cabinet yesterday, Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes said he was not officially informed by the union of any planned industrial action, but had seen rumors of it in the media.
He said Director of Labour John Pinder was directly speaking to both sides on the matter.
“I’d like to encourage the union, the leadership of the union [and] the board and management [of WSC] to resolve all of the issues there,” Foulkes said.
“None of them seem to be insurmountable.”