A newlook executive body that is led by it former First Vice-President, Adrian Francis, has been put in place to direct the affairs of the Public Workers Union (PWU).
The Francis-led executive, which includes a number of women, was elected last week Tuesday following election for positions within the island’s largest public sector union.
Francis who works at the Ministry of Health defeated Dr. Malachy Dottin for the position of President, which was occupied by Madonna Harford for ten years.
Harford did not seek re-election. Francis received 701 votes.
Executive member of the National United Front, Dr. Winston Thomas was booted out of the post of Second Vice-President, which he held for several years.
Dr. Thomas who contested the position of First Vice-President was beaten by Rachael Roberts who received 457 votes.
History was created in PWU by the union having a Carraicou-based member getting elected to serve on the executive body.
Dexter Leggard with 480 votes was elected as the union’s Second Vice-President.
The position of Secretary continues to remain in the hands of Hannah Campbell who secured 708 votes.
Meryl Phillips-Sylvester with 672 votes, and Angela James-Teka who received 558 votes are the two Assistant Secretaries.
Egbert Felix has been re-elected to the post of Treasurer with 546 votes, and Brian Grimes (383 votes) took over the position of Public Relations Officer from Raymond Roberts who did not seek re-election.
In an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY Newspaper, Francis reiterated his commitment to ensuring that benefits are provided to retirees, and protecting workers rights.
He said his first priority is to keep to his campaign promise of ensuring that there is pension for public workers upon their retirement.
Francis said pension appears to be the issue that most occupies the minds of Public Officers.
“This is one of the issues we will move vigorously upon to engage the government to ensure that some form of pension, whether through a contributory scheme, something is worked out,” he remarked.
The new PWU boss is also mindful of seeing to it that a Branch is established on the sister isle of Carriacou for the membership in both Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
He said with the members having elected the Carriacou-born Leggard who also works on the sister island on the executive, it is imperative that the Branch for Carriacou be placed on the front burner.
Francis is confident that Leggard will be able to lead that Branch.
The PWU President thanked all those who participated in the elections, and also those who were elected.
He also urged the women and young members to come on board and share their ideas with the union.