Rolle queries executives’ trip to China
NASSAU, BAHAMAS – While the unions representing line staff and managers at the Water and Sewerage Corporation are expected to hold a strike poll today, Ednel Rolle, president of WSC’s management union on Tuesday accused WSC executives of allegedly abusing the Corporation’s resources.
In a statement released yesterday, Rolle said while the union is ever mindful of the need to effectively and efficiently manage the Corporation’s resources, WSC’s Executive Chairman, Adrian Gibson; General Manager Elwood Donaldson and Mr. John Bowleg are allegedly representing WSC on a 10-day trip to China at the taxpayers’ expense.
He further alleged that there is no one at WSC who is aware of the reason behind the trip.
“Further, they all left without designating an Acting General Manger to conduct the Corporation’s business in their absence,” Rolle alleged in the issued statement.
Up to press time last night, Gibson could not be reached to comment on the allegations that were levied by the union head.
Rolle also lambasted Gibson for allegedly procuring the services of the Corporation’s attorneys and a labour consultant, to a meeting he said could have been chaired by WSC’s human resources division at no additional cost to the Corporation.
Rolle said as a result of these and other actions, the management union as well as the non-management union are scheduled to have a strike poll today [April 17th], in a bid to secure a strike certificate to resolve outstanding matters.
The management union head said a list of grievances were also filed at the Department of Labour by the WSMU, which includes the advertising of managerial positions in the newspaper, failure to complete the Industrial Agreement and the transfer of managers from one department to another without consultation with the union.
On Tuesday, Rolle claimed that Gibson, the Executive Chairman of WSC, was also engaging in union busting tactics by failing to follow the law and sign the union’s industrial agreement.
Rolle told Eyewitness News in a recent interview that the management union has been waiting for a new industrial agreement for the past four years.