DPSU passes resolution over salary negotiations with government

first_img Share DPSU members at Tuesday’s meeting.Members of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) have passed a new resolution over salary negotiations with the government at a special general membership meeting on Tuesday.The membership met yesterday to discuss several issues pertinent to their employment including salary increase and pension payments.The membership has agreed that it is in their best interest to delay salary negotiations with the government to allow the completion of a classification exercise of the public service.Secretary-general of the Union reported to the media last evening that the resolution was passed after much thought and discussion.“We met with the government negotiating team and they gave reasons why they believe that it is important to complete the classification exercise before closing negotiations and we have given this much thought. If government can give us a commitment that all public officers will benefit either through the classification exercise or a negotiated salary increase that we would be prepared to agree that is on salary increases for 2010/2011, 2011/2012 can continue beyond June of 2012.”DPSU’s secretary-general Thomas Letang.Letang explained however that if the government fails to give the Union that commitment, they will report to the membership and determine the next course of action.He underscored that the membership has already agreed that the next course of action “will be industrial action”.Letang also reported that the membership was informed of government’s productivity consultant apology to public officers for an earlier statement suggesting that 80% of public officers are unproductive by a letter dated March 14th, 2012.According to Letang, the letter from Bellot indicates that his decision to retract came after “much thought” as he recognized that it caused “some rage among our membership” especially as it was not based on any scientific analysis.That apology Letang said has brought closure to the matter considering that the minister responsible for national security and the public service wrote to the Union “disassociating government from that statement”.The Union also expressed concerned about the amendment to the Social Security Act which was approved in Parliament earlier this month that confirms the gradual increase of the age at which contributors qualify for social security pension.They are calling on the government to implement the necessary legislative measures to ensure that retiring employees do not suffer any loss of income as a result of the amendment to the act.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews DPSU passes resolution over salary negotiations with government by: – March 14, 2012center_img 12 Views   no discussions Share Tweetlast_img

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