Unions representing public servants here say they are in the process of meeting with their membership today and tomorrow to discuss the latest salary increase proposed by the government.
The Police Welfare Association (PWA), the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) and the Dominica Association of Teachers (DAT) told Dominica News Online (DNO) that they are going to bring the 3, 1, 1 percent, a total of 5 percent, which the government has offered for the period 2012 to 2015 to the table for consideration.
The government and various trade unions on the island have been at odds for months over an increase in salaries for public servants for that period.
Initially, the government had offered a wage freeze but that was turned down. The offer was then slightly increased by to 1, 0, 0. However, that too, was rejected.
Burt speaking at a Dominica Labour Party (DLP) rally in Riviere Cyrique less than 5 days before the general election, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit upped the ante, offering a total of 5 percent, which he said will be done with the assistance of friendly governments that he did not identify.
“There will be a meeting at 2.30 pm. The meeting will be to discuss Government’s latest offer of five percent for the triennium,” President of the PWA Jefferson Drigo said.
“We have an executive meeting this afternoon to discuss it. The meeting will begin by 2 pm,” General Secretary of the DPSU Thomas Letang stated.
Meantime President of the DAT, Celia Nicholas, said they are in a very good position since they have two offers on the table.
“We had been in the process of negotiations and we had received a response to our letter and we had discussed the response from the negotiating team and everything was clarified and we were in the process of taking that response to the membership. We had already decided that we were going to have a meeting on Friday and then in the interim, another letter came,” she said.
“So it has put us in a very good position I must say, we have two offers to deal with.”
They will be meeting with their membership on Friday at the auditorium of the Convent High School from 2.30pm.
“The national executive will be advising its members accordingly. We have informed ourselves and we know that we are on the right track and we will hear what our members have to say on Friday, but we will be guiding them accordingly.”