General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU), Thomas Letang, has voiced his concern over non-payment of salaries to employees of the Public Works Corporation (PWC), revealing that they have not been paid for five fortnights.
Letang told Dominica News Online (DNO) during an interview on Thursday that it is a struggle the employees continue to face and the union is working on their behalf in order to resolve the matter.
“Five fortnights they have not been paid,” Letang said. “What I understand is that the last time they were paid was for the 11th of May and they were paid that salary at the end of June and since that time they have not been paid.”
According to the PSU General Secretary, the situation which was brought to his attention recently has prompted him to organize a meeting with the employees to discuss a way forward.
“That was recently brought to my attention and I have decided that sometime next week, I will be having a meeting with the staff so that we can take it from there,” he stated. “This is a long time to be working and not get paid, so that is the position.”
Letang went on to say that the union will be writing to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit requesting an audience with him to discuss the public works, “whatever issues that he may have and to see how we can work it out.”
“We did in a meeting with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit appeal to him to really make some monies available to bail out the Public Works,” Letang noted. “Coming out of that discussion I proposed that we should meet with the Prime Minister to discuss some of the concerns with regards to public works.”
The DPSU boss said with regard to the 20 employees who were laid off in June 2015 and who applied for redundancy, that payment was settled last month.
Over the years employees of the PWC have held protest action on several occasions over non-payment of salaries among a number of other issues.