Industrial action is set to take place today Monday at the Dominica State College as Faculty and Staff have shared continuous grievances regarding working conditions among a host of other concerns since 2014.
According to a letter issued to the Media on Sunday, May 09th, 2021, the faculty and staff are disappointed with the management’s failure to negotiate in good faith following multiple conversations and meetings over the last seven (7) years,
The letter states that with no other recourse, faculty and staff have decided that industrial action will start today Monday, May 10th, 2021 from 8:00 a.m.
The dispute centers on the failure to commit to approved remuneration by the Board and Cabinet or other improvements of pay, the working conditions on the campus with particular mention to the library, mechanical engineering workshops, and the classrooms.
The letter says that Industrial action and arbitration will continue until faculty and staff receive satisfaction for the following concerns:
- Salary negotiations:
– Double bubble (50% balance owed since 2017)
– Government approves incremental salary increases
- The absence of a functioning board of governors over the past two (2) years;
- The hiring of upper management positions including the Bursar, Human Resource Manager, Registrar, and Vice President;
- The renovation of the essential buildings on campus. Particularly the library, auditorium, computer rooms, classrooms, and the technical/vocational workshops; and
- The negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement with the DPSU in order to address the discrepancies in contracts – the reversal of the decrease in the base salary from $4000 to $3200.