Letang says the public service is under ‘serious threat’

Letang (r) with DPSU president, Steve Joseph

General Secretary of the Public Service Union (DPSU) Thomas has raised concerns as it relates to the modern-day challenges that the union continues to face.

Letang, who was addressing the 12th Biennial Delegates Conference of the DPSU on Thursday argues that in the arena of public service employment, there are ongoing difficulties to be addressed.

“We cannot deny the fact, especially those who are a bit older, that the public service is under serious threats,” he said. “The system has been politicized and this is evident in a number of areas.”

According to him, firstly, the recommendations being made for acting permanent employment is being politicized.

“In the recommendations being made for acting permanent employment–that is being politicized.”

Along those lines, Letang believes the practice of breaking acting appointments of public officers in order to have them replaced by, “less qualified, less knowledgeable and less experienced officers is something that we have to look at.”

“And if that is not politicizing the public service, then I leave it up to you to tell me what it is,” he stated.

Furthermore, Letang pointed out the problematic nature of prolonged acting appointments for public servants.

“Prolong acting appointments in vacant positions, without those people being appointed,” he remarked, adding that this issue must be seriously examined.

Letang also made it clear that the union is not a branch of any political party.

In fact, he said the union highlights issues and also opposes when necessary .

“At the end of the day you as a citizen of the country, you vote for whoever you want,” he said. But we are not going to say that the union endorses any political party.”

He continued, “People have criticized me for being part of political parties, but I stand on principles and in defense of the rights of the people who we represent.”

Finally, Letang pointed out that there are situations where individuals do not know their rights.

“I have seen people being terminated and they do not know that certain people do not have the right to terminate their employment,” he explained.

Meanwhile, President of the DPSU, Steve Joseph said when one contemplates the word right, one can admit that in Dominica the problem is not that, “we do not have rights.”

“The challenge for us is many are ignorant of their rights,” he stated. “Some of you have never picked up general orders. You have never read through the public service act, you do not know what the labour code is.”

For example, Joseph said sometimes the union organizes training and members do not show up.

“We have to do better,” he said.

He added, “Not that the rights are not there, but some people are ignorant about those rights.”

Joseph pointed out that were it not for the unions, things would be worse in Dominica.

“And we aim to be the voice of the voiceless and to provide some balance”, he noted.

He  asserted that union members must be able to stand up for their rights.

“For workers who do not know their rights they need to get to know their rights and when you know your rights you need to demand it or grab it if you have to,” he remarked. “It is your rights…”

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  1. Original
    May 14, 2024

    letang what have you in your capacity as general secretary done to address any of the issues that you have pointed out?

  2. if we knew better
    May 13, 2024

    Time to step back Mr. Letang. We need someone that has impact.

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  3. Bwa-Banday
    May 12, 2024

    Letang and Steve been there long enough and have spoken enough to see and conclude that things will NEVER get better or different under the SOS.

    SOS and the cabal can and will NEVER be taken out of office by the ballot box. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN. E-Pay-KAY FETE! We can form a million political parties, call Matt and Q95 a million times, but only mass demonstrations and shutting down the country with DPSU taking the lead will bring change. These guys are living in the land of denial so keep blah blahing still. :twisted: :twisted:

  4. Truth Be Told
    May 11, 2024

    Letang, it is time for action! In fact, it is way past time to act! You talk too much! You are all talk and no action! Meanwhile, Skerrit and his government are ignoring you at best, laughing at you at worst, while civil servants are dying on the job, working under stress and working for nothing! You, Letang, you need to go! You have been a complete failure as the leader of a trade union! Call Charles Angelo Savarin and get some help and mentoring advice, but again it is already too late for you! You have achieved nothing all those years in this role!

  5. RastarMarn
    May 10, 2024

    Garçan is allyou fellas dat make dat happen!!!

    Allyou let a LickleBoy who dey even name STAR-BOY of STUPIDITY control allyou,,,

    First ting was allyou should have never let mista get sooo powerful but den again Money was allyou influence!!!

    Allyou should never let mista issue dat first contract giving out Public-works Jobs,,,

    Is kinnda too late wi for allyou d-only ting allyou can do is have d-whole NEP program file for Union representation wi,,,

    And when STAR-BOY act up allyou have grounds to get him for Human Rights violations,,,

    Yes!!! the Right to have a Collective Bargaining,,,


    Den allyou will have the Numbers to make D-Union Strong again!!!

    But D-Way allyou handle Bizniss allyou self doh ready yet!!!

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