Maynard ‘alarmed’ over Alston’s resignation
Employees at Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) are “concerned” about stability at the company following the recent resignation of Chief Operations Officer Christina Alston, Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) President Paul Maynard said yesterday.
Alston resigned from BPL over the weekend.
Her resignation came months after the company experienced an upheaval of its executive team following allegations of “political interference”.
Speaking to The Nassau Guardian, Maynard said, “You need to have stability, that’s what staff are concerned about. They’re concerned about stability and if there is a need for stability you have to have stability.”
The union president said he was “alarmed” by the news of Alston’s resignation.
“I’m alarmed about it because she was doing her job and the point is now she is out and now we go back again,” he said.
He continued, “I would’ve gone too. I [am not] getting disrespected. You got to respect the woman and her staff. You can’t come to me and say that she didn’t know what she was doing because if she could get another job…that shows her capabilities.”
The Nassau Guardian obtained an internal email from BPL Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Whitney Heastie, dated Saturday March 30, which advised some employees of Alston’s resignation.
The email said, “Until further advised, direct reports of Mrs. Alston will continue to report as they have been doing during her most recent vacation.”
Save for its confirmation of the matter, BPL said it has no further comment.
The company continues to experience upheaval with its executive team, even months after the government appointed an entirely new board in August 2018.
At the time, Public Works Minister Desmond Bannister said that relationships among board members had significantly deteriorated to a point where the board had locked horns on almost every critical issue at a great cost to the company, necessitating new leadership.
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