Unions claim WSC promotions politically motivated 

The unions that represent the line staff and managers at the Water and Sewerage (WSC) yesterday slammed a recent promotion exercise at the corporation claiming it was politically motivated.

The Nassau Guardian confirmed that 58 employees were promoted at WSC but union officials claimed that 62 employees were actually promoted.

During a press conference opposite the WSC headquarters, Bahamas Utilities Services and Allied Workers Union President Dwayne Woods said the union was “appalled and taken back at the recent actions of desperation”.

He claimed the promotion exercise, which was revealed two days before today’s election, excluded “deserving employees”.

“As a result of the above, the union is once again calling for a forensic audit of the Water and Sewerage Corporation as well as a ‘stop, cancel and review’ of this most recent promotion exercise, so as to consider and include deserving persons based on merit,” Woods said.

“The promotion list consists of persons who have been recently promoted within two years and during which they were promoted three or more levels upward.”

Woods asked, “How can some employees be promoted twice and three times within four years and deserving employees of 10 to 25 years cannot?”

Water and Sewerage Management Union President Montgomery Miller said 29 of the 62 employees included in the latest promotion exercise were receiving their second promotions since 2018.

Miller said there was no consultation about the promotions. 

He said there was also no “associated joint consideration of qualifications, performance, seniority and recommendation”.

“So, where does this place the corporation?” Miller asked.

Miller said it is sad that the government persists in these “acts of insult and injustice” to Bahamian workers who have served the public.

He said there appears to be “no intent to rectify these missteps”. 

WSC General Manager Elwood Donaldson could not be reached yesterday to comment on the unions’ claims. 

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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