The Waterfront and Allied Workers Union (WAWU) has called for an end to a 13-year-old dispute between port workers and their empolyer, the Dominica Air and Seaport Authority (DASPA)
Secretary Treasurer of WAWU, Kertist Augustus, said at the union’s 18th Biennial Delegates Conference last week that the port branch is concerned the non-sitting of a tribunal which was set up to resolve the dispute between the DASPA and the union.
He said the employees’ wages will be drastically reduced by 33 percent and their employment levels by 27 percent.
“We want the Chairman of the tribunal to arrange for the sitting and the final sitting of the tribunal and to conduct the hearing even if the lawyers representing DASPA is not present in order to bring closure to a 13-year-old tribunal and a 13-year-old dispute,” Augustus stated.
Augustus revealed that the Dominica Employers Federation (DEF) have in fact gotten the green light to Anthony Commodore from the tribunal.
“The DEF is seeking to, and have in fact gotten the green light to remove from the tribunal Mr. Anthony Commodore, a member of the employer’s panel from the tribunal board because it is perceived that he is not always sympathetic to their cause,” he explained.