There was chaos at the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) as the ongoing fight for its leadership heated up yesterday.
Police even had to be called in to the Dalkeith Road, St Michael headquarters to quell the melee that erupted during a meeting of the National Council.
The meeting, which was convened at 2 p.m. to discuss a petition to make NUPW president Akanni McDowall the first secretary general, as well as to discuss the position of the general secretary, deteriorated after the petition’s proposer Natalie Murray, who is not a member of the National Council, walked in an hour after and refused to leave when asked.
The ensuing fracas spilled over into the cafeteria adjoining the meeting room, and even members of the media had to help diffuse the situation by pulling some angry individuals apart.
Police arrived just before 4 p.m. and despite their strong presence for 90 minutes, there was no resolution to the impasse. The meeting had to be adjourned to a date still to be determined.