General Secretary of the The Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU), Thomas Letang, has said that the union is concerned about a situation in which staff employed under the Division of Agriculture’s Citrus Certification Programme, have not been paid salaries and wages for 12 weeks.
He said different aspects of the programe were funded or supported by different agencies including the IMF, the Venezuelan Government and more recently, the Public Service Investment Programme whose funding came to an end in June 2012.
According to Letang, the Citrus Certification Programme is an important programme of the Division of Agriculture, and is viewed as a programme which will positively impact the economy of Dominica in the not too distant future.
“For this reason the work done so far needs to be maintained,” Letang said.
He said the DPSU also understands that a recommendation to Cabinet to absorb the cost of running the programme under recurring expenditure was approved, but that the paper work which would have ensured that the matter was completely finalized by the ministry of finances has not been done.
“The workers in the meantime remain in limbo and are not being remunerated. We are asking those responsible to place a humanitarian face to the whole issue. To be sensitive to the plight of the employee and to do everything possible to ensure that these people are paid,” he said.
The DPSU General Secretary said he will consult with the employees to decide how the situation is dealt with.
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