DLP Leader and Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit had spoken of a review of the minimum wage and assured that government employees who earned less than EC$1,000 a month will make more, within 100 days of the party’s term in office.
“I am hoping that in spite of any resistance that we may get from the employers’ federation and from the [Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce] DAIC especially, that the government will implement something that is very reasonable,” said DPSU General Secretary Thomas Letang, adding that a minister of government has in the past put up “resistance” as regards improving conditions of “non-established” workers.
“I am hoping that this time around, that we can see some drastic improvement to the working conditions of non-established people, and one of the things that we would want to see is a removal of that category of public officers, referred to, as non-established,” Letang noted.
He’s also keeping up hopes that a shortage of inadequate staff in the nursing, and Fire and Ambulance Services, will soon be “something of the past”.
But Letang has also called on Dominicans to focus on unity and put the 2009 election campaign behind them.
“We will need to try to build back broken bridges, re-establish relationships and seek forgiveness for the wrongs done to friends and colleagues. As a nation we are divided, and are struggling, to deal with the issues of crime and violence, unemployment, low wages, discrimination in various forms, HIV/AIDS, chronic non communicable diseases and sexual and economic exploitation” he said.