The Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) has declared this Friday June, 19 as a day of solidarity for the “victimized, disrespected and unfairly treated” employees of the Public Works Corporation (PWC) and all workers who are being victimized.
General Secretary of the DPSU Thomas Letang, said the executive committee of the union convened a special meeting on Thursday, June 11 to discuss the situation at the Public Works Corporation (PWC) and it was agreed a day of solidarity was needed.
“Satisfied that the employees are not being treated in a fair and reasonable manner, the Executive decided to declare Friday 19th June 2015 a day of solidarity with employees of the Public Works Corporation and all other employees who are being disrespected, victimized and unfairly treated,” he said.
The DPSU is now calling on all employees, relatives and friends of abused and ill-treated employees, including those at the PWC, to “wear some visible black item preferably a top or a black ribbon on that day as an expression of solidarity with such oppressed workers.”
Letang stated that the DPSU views with “much concern” what is rapidly becoming a “habit” of disregarding what union leaders and concerned citizens, past and present, have fought so vigorously to eliminate.
That is “all forms of victimization and disrespect of employees, the unconscionable violation of the constitutional right of employees to join and belong to trade unions, unsatisfactory and inhumane terms and conditions of employment and failure by employers to discuss and disclose decisions which directly or indirectly affect employees.”
Employees of the PWC have been protesting late salaries, non-payment of Social Security contributions, hazardous working environments, among others concerns for a number of weeks now. They are also concerned that a MOU, that would address such matters, has not been signed.