Chairman of the Public Works Corporation (PWC) Board, Titus Francis has announced that all outstanding wages and salaries to employees at the PWC have been paid.
He made the announcement during a radio interview on Tuesday.
“I am happy to announce that at this point in time all outstanding wages and salaries to the employees at the PWC have been paid,” he revealed. “Payments are being made as I speak to you through the various banks and other financial institutions.”
According to Francis, this is encouraging for the employees especially because “we cannot overlook the fact that they have families; they have commitments; children going back to school in September and they need to know exactly how they are going to meet those financial commitments.”
On behalf of the board, he thanked the government of Dominica, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit as well as Public Works Minister, Mirium Blanchard for making the payment possible.
“I think with their collaborative effort we were able to come up with the necessary funding to meet the outstanding wages and salaries,” Francis stated.
Despite this Francis said there is still the whole question of the sustainability of the PWC.
“It is not something that every three months people have to begin to probably cross their faces and wondering where and when they are getting their wages and salaries,” he remarked. “They have financial commitments and it is our responsibility as a board to really dig deep to come up with sustainable solutions that will allow the employees to get their wages and salaries as and when it becomes due.”
Over the years employees of the PWC have held protest action on several occasions over the non-payment of salaries and other issues.
Just last week General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU), Thomas Letang told Dominica News Online (DNO) that 20 employees, who were laid off in June 2015 and who had applied for redundancy, were paid last month.
He said the union plans to organize a meeting this week with employees to address a number of issues which are affecting them and to discuss a way forward.