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Judge's absence stalls hearing of ousted NWU president

Published:Tuesday | November 28, 2017 | 7:52 PM

The hearing into the application filed by Leo Osbourne, the ousted president of the National Workers’ Union (NWU), has been put off until January 29 next year.

The matter was to be heard today in the Supreme Court but could not proceed because no judge was available for the case to begin.

Osbourne is seeking an order to quash the decision to remove him as president.

He’s also seeking an order to quash the decision to expel him from the union.

Osbourne was removed by the NWU’s General Executive Council in 2015.

He’s contending that the decision was unlawful.

Meanwhile, a June 4 Supreme Court hearing has been set for the case challenging the hosting of a special congress by the NWU to elect officers.

The court has imposed a gag order until the matter is heard.

Osbourne and two other NWU officials, Vice President and Deputy Island Supervisor, Allan Hunter, and Deputy Island Supervisor, Owen Anderson, are the claimants in the case.

The NWU and its General Secretary, Granville Valentine, are the respondents.

The men’s attorney, Ravil Golding, contends that the manner in which the meeting was called breached the rules and Constitution of the NWU.