"WE want houses too."
This was the consensus given by members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Social and Welfare Association (TTPSSWA) during a vote yesterday to determine whether to accept a nine per cent salary increase offered by Chief Personnel Officer (CPO) Stephanie Lewis.
On Monday Lewis and head of the TTPSSWA Sgt Anand Ramesar held an informal meeting to discuss the way forward in their ongoing wage negotiations. Lewis placed a nine per cent offer on the negotiation table.
Yesterday Ramesar met with the TTPSSWA's central committee to decide whether Lewis' nine per cent offer would be accepted.
"It was a meeting that generated a high level of discussion and an unprecedented amount of energy among the members," Ramesar told the Express.
"There were divergent opinions on whether or not the nine per cent should be accepted or not."
Ramesar said the members called for the CPO's offer to be sweetened with the allocation of houses.
"One of the issues raised really is the opportunity for houses to be made available to the members coming out of the negotiations if the CPO is unwilling to go beyond the nine per cent.
"We would have seen houses having accompanied negotiations such as the PSA (Public Services Association) and other bodies and we feel given the strength of our members and the need of some of our membership for housing that the package offered by the CPO could be sweetened by including some houses for our members," he said.
The central committee has deferred the decision to the TTPSSWA's general council next week Friday, Ramesar said.