Angry public officers assembled in mass numbers at the Public Service Union headquarters on Valley Road in Roseau on February 7, 2012 where they passed two resolutions dealing with “salary negotiation IRO 2009-2012,” and “productivity in the public service.”
They have also given the government “seven days to reply to them or face protest action.”
Public officers are very angry at a statement made by government productivity consultant Parry Bellot that 80 percent of the public sector are not pulling their weight.
Former president of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) Mervin Anthony who addressed the gathering called on public officers to “speak out, be brave…and not afraid and get ready for action.”
“Once again public officers are under attack by those who sit in big chairs in those two big building getting big salaries and doing no work. And so public officers are becoming the scapegoat. We are here to tell Parry (Bellot) and all the others that we will not stand for that disrespect,” Anthony stated to loud applause.
“We cannot let sleeping dogs lie…..we must speak and act now and go forward and forward together,” he said calling on members to be united in propsed protest action.
In his address to members, General Secretary of the DPSU Thomas Letang called on members to be “united” in the actions that are to come.
“We have to stand together….We will be embarking on some form of protest action to make our position clear. I want to tell you that you have power, you can make and break people…but you have to be united,” Letang stated while denouncing the Parry Bellot statement about an alleged 80 percent lack of productivity in the public service.
The members present unanimously passed two resolutions calling on government to bring a speedy end to salary negotiations and mandating the “executive committee of the DPSU to utilize all available resources to mobilize the general membership to participate in any action which may be deemed necessary to bring closure to negotiations in respect of triennium 2009-2012 by June 30, 2012.”
The second resolution calls on the union to express in writing to the Government of Dominica on behalf of its members “profoundest outrage and displeasure over that statement and demand that the government of Dominica disassociates itself from the statement as acknowledgement that it does not reflect government’s position and seek a retraction from Parry Bellot”.
The Union was asked to consolidate any intended protest action to deal with that matter and matters related to salary negotiation IRO 2009-2012 in the event that it does not receive a favorable response from the government within seven working days following receipt of its letter.
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