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Public Works staff to be paid but union wants evidence

first_imgLocalNews Public Works staff to be paid but union wants evidence by: – November 23, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Public Works employee. Public Work staff has been given the assurance from the Board of Directors of the Corporation that all outstanding payments will be made before the end of this month.Public Works Staff staged protest action this week, to force the authorities to address their grievances.Among them include the nonpayment of salaries and lack of contracts from government.Chairman of the Board of Public Works Richard Didier says he was satisfied with the outcome of a meeting held on Tuesday, where the Union representatives were present. “The Directors met with the Union to discuss the issues going on there. We had a fruitful discussion pointing out the constraints being faced by the corporation in its cash position. The union understood the situation however they are of the view that something positive should come from the Corporation and have requested that we give confirmation on certain aspects as to the time of repayment. Other issues relating to the collective agreement and as well as gratuity for workers who were working with the Public Works garage. These issues will be addressed. We are asking the workers to be tolerant to the corporation and we are working to ensure that the monthly and fortnightly workers are paid,” he said.Meantime General Secretary of the Public Service Union Thomas Letang says in the absence of a written agreement from the Board members, protest action will continue.He says the Union will not accept any oral agreement.According to him, the Union will only be satisfied when several aspects of the collective agreement are addressed.“Whatever the Board comes up with should be given to us in writing. We will accept nothing verbally. They need to convince us that whatever they decide will be implemented. It is only at that time we will meet with the board and decide whether we will continue protest action or we will put a hold on it,” he explained.He said in the absence of that, protest action will continue.Dominica Vibes News 4 Views   no discussionslast_img read more