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Dec 16, 2013

Newly installed CWU executive chart way forward


Basil Brannon

One of the biggest issues facing the union is an allegation of missing monies. And that thorn will be dealt with head on by the new president and vice-president as a matter of priority. Both Matura-Shepherd and Brannon gave their perspective on some of the immediate priorities of the union following Saturday’s election.


Basil Brannon, Vice President, CWU

“Our first agenda is to get our people together so that we can talk to them, see their issues and so we can move forward with them and also fix our office—the financials and everything.”



“Today effectively marks the end of the tenure of Mister Antonio Gonzalez and Mister James McFoy. Dependeing ont he fixing of the office that you spoke about, will there be any action taken against them?”


Basil Brannon

“If there is wrongdoing, then wherever the chip falls, it may fall.”


Audrey Matura-Shepherd

Audrey Matura-Shepherd, President, CWU

“As I finish this interview, we will have our first official meeting because we want to lay out the plans ahead. Definitely one of the most important things is financial accountability. We need to see what records are available, we need to know what monies we have in the bank, we need to transfer accounts into different names and so we start from there. Another major priority is that we want all our branches to organize so that I can do a countrywide tour to go visit our members to see what are some of their concerns; to even encourage other members of those organizations to join the union. So it is reaching out to the people because the union is nothing without people. So those are two top priorities. And of course, the third would be other administrative issues that we have to do and amongst them would be that we want to revamp our constitution. We are hoping that by Labour Day 2014, we will be able to endorse some of these changes that we need.”

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1 Response for “Newly installed CWU executive chart way forward”

  1. bunintheoven says:

    Audrey Matura-Shepherd:
    “I want everybody to know that everything I’ve done before I went away to study and even when I came back has been politics. It may not be party politics. I walked away from party politics. I was in it; I saw that neither party wants to be fair. I can tell you I don’t have any plans in the near future to go into any elected office. Why? I cannot be a UDP and worse I can’t be a PUP.”

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