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PSU going ahead with protest action against government

first_imgLocalNews PSU going ahead with protest action against government by: – February 24, 2012 Thomas LetangThe Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) announced that it is mobilizing its members to stage protest action against government.General Secretary of the DPSU Thomas Letang said the Union will announce what form that protest will take after it meets with its membership in one week.Letang told a press conference on Friday that government has failed to effectively address issues of salary negotiations and statements by Parry Bellot that 80% of them are inefficient.He says while government responded to the concerns regarding Bellot’s statements, the letter have fallen short of satisfying public servants.“We got a response from Charles Savarin and he claimed that Bellot admitted that his findings were not based on scientific analysis therefore the statement should be viewed as personal and not reflective of government position. He is advising us to feel free to direct our concern to Mr Bellot. But when Mr. Bellot addressed the media, he did not address the media in his personal capacity,” he said.According to Letang, while government is happy hat government responded, “we believe he has fallen short of telling us that he is going to instruct Bellot to retract the statement and issue an apology,” he said.Letang says government has also ignored letters from the Union pertaining to salary negotiations.“We have not received any response to our letters sent to the Prime Minister on that issue. We wrote directly to the immigration minister as well as the secretary to the Cabinet and others. We have not received any response. One may say that we have until the end of June to bring the matter to a closure, but if the request and intention is that negotiations should be brought to a closure by the end of June, it means that all now so the process of recommencing negotiations should begin. If we feel that nothing is being done to recommence negotiation, if within the next few days we don’t get an invitation so that we can end this, it means we will be taking some action,” he explained.He said the PSU also has some concerned with a decision by the Dominica Social Security to increase the pension age and contribution rate.“We will agree that the DSS embarked upon consultation with the wider public and stakeholders. They inform us of the financial problems that they were having and that if something was not done within twenty years there would be no money left for pensioners. They were silent on several matters including as to what happens to someone who retires at sixty but would have to wait to get their pension,” he said.Letang said that matter should have been addressed by government and not the social security because, “it is the government who passes the law. It is government that deals with public officers”.He explained further that there are persons who will turn sixty in March and they would have to wait six months to receive their pension payments.“We have no idea, no communication, and no information from the government of Dominica that they would be paying these people. We have raised the concerns and no answer. I am saying all that to make people understand that the government has not fully addressed that situation. If you are going to legislate the pension age you also had a responsibility to put measures in place for persons who will retire during that time.”Letang said he is confident that the people of Dominica will rally behind the Union as it seeks to solve the problems affecting public servants on the island.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share 10 Views   no discussionslast_img

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