DPSU issues statement on salary negotiations
Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews DPSU issues statement on salary negotiations by: Dominica Vibes News – December 5, 2014 606 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share DPSU members at a meeting earlier this year (file photo)The Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) has issued a statement on salary negotiation with the government.The statement, which was issued on Friday 5 December 2014 by general secretary of the Union, Thomas Letang follows a meeting with the government negoitating team on Thursday 4 December to discuss government’s latest offer of 3%, 1% and 1% for the 2012-2015 triennium. “Being fully aware of the political controversy with regard to ongoing salary negotiations between Government and the Dominica Public Service Union, the Union feels obligated to issue the following statement.The Public Service Act of 1991 clearly outlines the procedures for dealing with salary negotiations in the public service. It also places the responsibility for treating with public service representative bodies with the Training and .Establishment Department.Established practice is that the Government Negotiating Team consists of the Chief Personnel officer, the Secretary to the Cabinet and the Financial Secretary with the Chief Personnel Officer leading the Government Negotiating Team. The Union side comprises the Union’s President, the Treasurer and the General Secretary who leads negotiations on behalf of the Union.The Dominica Public Service Union which functions on the principles of democracy, good governance and transparency engages its full Executive in discussion on any proposal emanating from negotiations and always seek the endorsement of its general membership before accepting and rejecting any offer made to it by the Government Negotiating Team on behalf of the Government.Dominicans are in the heat of an election campaign and every opportunity will be taken by politicians to use any issue including salary negotiations to their advantage.The Union advises its members to exercise their civil responsibility to vote on polling day but that in doing so they should not allow the issue of proposed salary increase regardless of which side it is coming from to be the maininfluence in making their decision.Instead, foremost on their minds should be the issues of good governance, transparency and social partnership as well as the case for social services. In addition they should be interested in economic reform and development as well as in education and training. They should also pay attention to labour issues, in particular to trade union participation in decision making as it relates to public sector reform, labour issues, the Constitution and legal matters.Public Officers should continue placing their confidence in the leadership of their Union, in working in their best interest and providing them with quality representation”.