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 read more

Salah: It’s our time to win title

first_imgLiverpool ace, Mohamed Salah, has told fans it’s their time to win the Premier League crown. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool’s second goal After victory over Crystial Palace, Jurgen Klopp’s men are just two points away from being crowned as champions – ending the club’s 30-year wait for a league title. Manchester City will hand Liverpool the title if they fail to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, something Salah has long been waiting for. “I feel great,” he told Sky Sports. “Since I came here I said I want to win the Premier League with the team. The city didn’t win it for a long time, so it was the right time.Advertisement Loading… “Maybe last year we had a chance to win it but Man City also performed really good and they deserved to win it. It’s our time to win it and it’s great.” Salah praised his team-mates for the performance against Palace. read also:Murphy: Klopp needs Salah, Mane cover for AFCON “We had a great performance today and all the players were unbelievable,” the forward added. “I’m happy about the result and looking forward to the next two games. I think all the players are motivated, everyone is motivated in his way – but everyone is motivated to win the league.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Federer, Nadal Hit Third Round of Italian Open

first_imgRoger Federer marked his Italian Open return with victory against Portugal’s Joao Sousa as eight-time champion Rafael Nadal also progressed in Rome.Making his first appearance since 2016, Swiss four-time finalist Federer, 37, beat Sousa 6-4 6-3 in one hour 21 minutes to reach the third round.Spain’s defending champion Nadal, 32, took one hour eight minutes to beat France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-0 6-1. Federer salutes the crowd Federer plays Borna Coric next, while Nadal faces Nikoloz Basilashvili.Both matches will be played later on Thursday after rain washed out Wednesday’s play.Australia’s Nick Kyrgios forfeited his match against Casper Ruud after smashing a racquet, throwing a chair across the court and walking off court.World number one Novak Djokovic from Serbia beat 20-year-old Denis Shapovalov 6-1 6-3, while Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas – beaten by Djokovic in the Madrid Open final on Sunday – defeated Jannik Sinner 6-3 6-2.Barcelona Open champion Dominic Thiem lost 4-6 6-4 7-5 to world number 38 Fernando Verdasco.Germany’s world number 51 Jan-Lennard Struff beat ninth seed Marin Cilic 6-2 6-3 to set up a meeting with Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who beat Taylor Fritz 6-2 6-4.Argentine Juan Martin del Potro will face Norwegian Ruud after beating David Goffin 6-4 6-2.Ruud led 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 2-1 when Kyrgios forfeited the match.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more