General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) Thomas Letang says protest action by staff of the Public Works Corporation (PWC) will resume if a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between the union and the PWC board is not signed by the end of today, Tuesday May 19.
Following two days of protest at the PWC, a meeting was held with the union, PWC board and workers last Friday and it was agreed that the MOU would be signed to specify the time frame and deadlines that certain matters such as the restructuring of the corporation, salaries, social security contributions as well as other terms of employment, had to be dealt with.
The MOU was to be signed by today (Tuesday) but Letang said by late Tuesday morning he had not heard from the PWC board.
“The draft was sent yesterday, I had the responsibility to prepare it,” he stated. “I was told this morning after I made some calls that they discussed it and the chairman had to get back to me and there were one or two slight changes that they were proposing and they were supposed to get back to me this morning. Up until this point I have not heard from the chairman.
Letang said Friday’s meeting made it clear that the MOU will be signed today.
“If by today there is no signing then protest action will continue in whatever form that we find it fit,” he continued. “But our hope is that common sense will prevail and that management and the board will keep to their end of their promise to do all what they can do to have the matter resolved and we ourselves are interested in seeing a resolution to it.”
He said he did not anticipate any changes to the MOU.
But according to PWC board chairman, Titus Francis, the MOU should be signed by today since it was reviewed and analyzed.
“I think all things being equal we have conducted an analysis of the document, we have reviewed it and there are one or two concerns that we have, so as soon as we can clarify those concerns I am inclined to believe that we can get those documents signed some time during the course of today,” he said. “In principle we have accepted the points which constitute the understanding but we just want some adjustments in time lines and those kinds of things,” said on privately-owned Kairi FM News.
Protest action by staff of the Public Works Corporation (PWC) officially came to an end on Friday after two days. Workers complained that they have not been paid for four fortnights and they say there are other matter currently affecting staff.
The protest began on Wednesday when workers locked the gate to the facility and on Thursday afternoon the DPSU, the management and board of directors of the PWC met to discuss the matter.
Another meeting, which included staff of the PWC, was held on Friday at the DPSU’s building on Valley Road.
Following the meeting Letang, said it was agreed that the agreement will be signed between the union and the board no later than today.