The Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) has become the latest union on the island to not accept the latest government wage increase proposal for the period 2012 to 2015.
The matter is to be discussed with the union’s executive and members.
The union met with team from the government comprising of the Secretary to the Cabinet, Chief Personnel Officer, and the Financial Secretary on Monday and was offered 2, 0, 0.
The government had initially offered a wage freeze (0, 0, 0) for the same period.
But general secretary of the union, Thomas Letang, told DNO the offer was not accepted the latest offer and negotiations will continue.
“Government has moved from 0, 0, 0 to 2, 0, 0,” Letang said. “And their position also was that they implemented the recommendation of the job classification exercise in January. We have not accepted anything.”
He said the union has to discuss the matter with its executive and members.
“So acceptance is definitely not there yet,” he stated. “We are negotiating. We don’t want to say too much at this time on whether it’s good whether it is bad, our position is 10 percent salary increase over a three-year period and we have not changed from that position. What we have is government’s last position, but our position has not changed.”
Letang said information given to the public on the matter will be limited for the time being since “we do not believe that it is fair that we say too much when we have not met with our executive.”
In terms of the job classification exercise, Letang said “just looking at the results of that consultancy we see a large number of positions were not changed and when you add this to the number of positions that were downgraded it would mean that it is not a very large number (that) was upgraded.”
The Dominica Association of Teachers (DAT) and the Police Welfare Association have been offered 1, 0, 0 salary increase for the same period but the government’s proposal has been rejected by both unions. They too were initially offered a wage freeze.