The Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) has requested an audience with prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, in order to bring the concerns of workers at the Public Works Corporation (PWC) to his attention.
A petition, signed by 80 PWC workers, was sent to the prime minister on Friday after attempts to have the matters resolved with the board of directors of the PWC failed.
“We felt that we needed to take the matter to another level and the prime minster being the head of government, we felt that we need to officially bring the concerns of the employees to his attention,” general secretary of the DPSU, Thomas Letang told DNO.
He noted that the DPSU was to meet with the PWC board almost two months ago, but that has not been forthcoming and the union has in essence given up.
“We have arrived at a conclusion that a meeting with the board will not make any sense,” Letang said.
He stated that there are many issues at the PWC which the DPSU wants addressed. Among them is micromanagement, he noted.
“The corporation is micromanaged and toothless,” he stated. “The board is not being given the opportunity to the things it should be doing as a board, there is a lot of interference.”
Furthermore, Letang stated, the PWC board is displaying preferences in the granting of contracts. “I believe that there is a deliberate move to keep public works in the situation that it is, so that the corporation will eventually be privatized and that the interest of some people can be met,” he stated.
Letang said the DPSU is contemplating “certain strategies” in combating the issue but said they cannot be disclosed now.
He is calling on Dominicans to rally behind the DPSU and the employees of the PWC.
“The general public should rally behind the efforts of the Public Works Corporation because families are affected, there are a lot of business places who depend on the patronizing of Public Works employees, the social security is affected because contributions are not being paid,” the DPSU boss noted.
He hopes the prime minister will be able to meet the DPSU this week.