Submitted by NUPW Insider (name withheld by BU)
Barbadians would have heard the President of the NUPW Walter Maloney and his lieutenant Dennis Clarke both make major statements at the Union’s Annual Conference opening ceremony. In fact Clarke reported that the NUPW’s train would not be stopped and that it was on a collision course. What Clarke did not say was that between he and Maloney had approved spending of thousands of dollars of the members funds without the approval of the Treasurer and other Executive members. It was reported that there has been a splurge of travel expenses all in the name of a wellness centre and that the spending was to facilitate the travelling of Clarke and another officer. The pair has travelled to Florida twice, Las Vegas, St. Kitts/ Nevis and the female is now scheduled to shift to Italy and Spain.
While this is happening the NUPW is courting some benefactor with a purse so big a loan of US $27 million will be shortly be passed. This money is reported to be a loan to facilitate the construction of a wellness centre on the premises of the union. Information is that the feasibility study was not clear whether the venture was feasible but Clarke and his lieutenant are moving forward.
Word is that this support for the wellness centre comes at a cost to Clarke for his support of the Maloney fancied Buying Club which has itself attracted a grant of $ 1 million. Maybe these union bosses could tell the rest of Barbados where all this money is coming from what is the cost and what is the catch. Surely if this is good money, the government would want to borrow some for Barrack and the Clico shareholders. Surely if the NUPW can afford the interest rates then the government must be able to as well.
At the same time the President of the NUPW has spent more than $6000. 00 in cell phone charges for the months of July and August 2010 and after promising to repay not one cent has been repaid and Maloney still has use of the same phone.
Worse still is the $10,000.00 charged by the son of the General Secretary for managing a web site. Independent valuers have put the fees for the service rendered to the NUPW at $50.00 and $1500.00 Yet Clarke in a faus pax got the Conference to agree to pay his son $10,000.00 a fee that the treasure has refused to pay.
Last year the NUPW was thrown into confusion when the General Secretary (Clarke) and President (Maloney) went to a funeral in Jamaica without any discussion with the other executive members. This year money has been spending like sand without their approval including a cell phone bill of over $6000.00 under the name of the president.
It surely is a runaway train at the NUPW.