The Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) has revealed that the union has decided on a course of action to deal with the current non-negotiation put forth by the Government of Dominica.
In December 2018 and February 2019 the union formally submitted its proposal to government. According to General Secretary of the DPSU, Thomas Letang, these letters demanded that the Government addresses issues relating to remuneration, appointments and the Union’s proposals for salary increase of 10 percent over three years including a one-time double bubble.
At the Union’s second Solidarity Rally on May 30, 2019, the General Secretary had instructed public officers to embark on “a go slow” whereby all public officers were asked to reduce their working input by 60% to force the government to respond to its proposal. Letang affirmed that these actions were successful as a number of public officers participated. He had given the government until June 11 respond to their demand; however, Letang stated that the union received government’s proposal for salary negotiations on June 19th 2019.
While speaking at a press conference on Monday, 15 July, 2019 at the PSU Building, Letang stated, “The executive and the general membership have agreed as to how we proceed from where we are, but for various reasons which we will not disclose at this time, we have delayed our action.” He went on to further state that the planned course of action will force the government to come to the table and negotiate as the proposal put forth “is not saying much to us”.