General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU), Thomas Letang wants to see provisions included in the 2019/2020 National Budget to increase public officers’ salaries.
“I believe that budget provisions should be made to pay public officers a salary increase,” Letang said at a recent DPSU news conference. “In that budget, we should see provision being made to actually implement the recommendation of the job classification review committee.”
Letang complained that over the years, the union has never seen much in the budget for public officers.
“We have not always been part of a pre-budget discussion and even when we are invited, we are invited a few days before the actual budget presentation,” Letang remarked. “I will not be surprised if there isn’t much in it for public officers.”
He continued, “Because if the intention was to include in that budget certain things that will be to the advantage of public officers, then government would at least see negotiations as a pre-budget discussion with the union and would have been very happy to have started to commence negotiations with the union.”