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Threats of more protest action hinted at as DASPA & DPSU set to meet on March 28

by: Dominica Vibes News - March 16, 2018
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General Secretary of the DPSU Thomas Letang (file photo)

Things may have settled for now with workers of the Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority (DASPA) ending their sit in on Friday 16 March 2018 however, it may not be for long.

They told Dominica Vibes that they were protesting the slow pace of salary negotiations and the lack of respect shown to them by management.

Workers who engaged in the sit in are represented by the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU). Workers represented by the Waterfront and Allied Workers’ Union (WAWU), did not take part in the protest.

General Secretary of the DPSU, Thomas Letang encouraged the workers to go back to work telling them that the union would be meeting with DASPA on March 28.

Speaking to the appreciable crowd of staff members at the Woodbridge Bay Port Letang spoke to a telephone discussion he had with the Chairman of the Port regarding the concerns of the staff.

“The Chairman has indicated to me and has told me to tell you, that he has given assurance that when we meet at that meeting, we are going to try to have that matter resolved,” he relayed.

The chairman he said understands that the negotiations for 2016 should have been dealt with.

“We have indicated that we want an increase and we want that matter to be resolved,” he added.

While trying to calming the crowd Letang at the same time told the workers that if negotiations are not concluded successfully for them, serious action will have to be taken.

“I do not believe he has made sufficient effort to bring our concerns to the board. Soon after the meeting we will want to meet with you (the workers) because if that matter is not resolved, it will not be one day but it’s going to be indefinite strike action,” he told them.