Monday, January 22, 2018

No plan by public service union to accept govt's 1% offer

l roseau

The Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) says it will not accept the government's offer of one per cent for public servants even after the parties agreed to meet on January 11 next year for another round of talks.

The two parties met over the weekend and, according to DPSU general secretary Thomas Letang, the Roosevelt Skerrit administration is not moving from the offer on the table. The union is seeking a three per cent hike for the period 2010-2012 and has not ruled out of the possibility of industrial action.

"Government has not changed its position, we ourselves have not changed ours and we have requested some information from government ... and we want to be very specific when it comes to the wage bill.

"So we asked them for information which they promised to give us and based on the time we will have to analyse it, it was felt that the 11th of January would be a reasonable time to meet again."

But Letang made it clear the union would be sticking to its demands.

"We made it clear that under no circumstances we would accept the government's one per cent. So no matter what information we get from them we have made it absolutely clear we will not accept a one per cent," he added.

Last week Letang said the union was not ruling out industrial action but would not do so during the Christmas period, which he said would severely affect "poor people".