NATUC: Stop delaying settlement of outstanding wage negotiations

Date: 
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 11:00

The National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) is renewing its calls for government to address all outstanding negotiations without further delay.

In an official statement issued today, NATUC argues that government’s excuses—that the “country has no money, so wages and salaries increases cannot be paid at this time” or the other narrative “if we pay the increase  of wages and salaries, government workers will have to be retrenched”—are misleading  and calculated to put fear in the  hearts of workers.

The release—which is signed by General Secretary Michael Annisette—says government needs to prioritize how it spends its money and not the regulating of workers’ wages and salaries to that of second-class citizens.

According Mr Annisette, the failure of the government to address outstanding wages and salaries negotiations, cannot stand scrutiny and cannot be justified.

He points to those for all government daily rated workers and monthly paid workers—going as far back to 2007—as well as the non-implementation of the PATT negotiation settlement of 12% for dockworkers for the 2014 to 2017 period.

In the release, NATUC calls for a new way of doing business and maintains that no wages and salaries increases for over 6 years, is an injustice to all public servants and government daily rated employees.

 

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