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Oct 15, 2015

Conference in Belize for Regional Public Service Association

Thomas Letang

A two-day regional meeting of the Caribbean Executive Council for the Public Service Association is being held today at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. The heads of some seventeen unions and associations affiliates from fifteen CARICOM states are present to discuss and plan activities for the umbrella organization for the next year. The purpose is to strengthen the CPSA and the individual unions in each of the member countries. Today, News Five spoke with General Secretary Thomas Letang about the regional meeting.

 

Thomas Letang, General Secretary, CPSA

“We look at all the issues affecting public officers in the region, affecting public service unions in the region and not only that and what global situations impact on what is happening in the Caribbean. We look at the struggles, we look at the problems that individual unions are going through with their respective governments, resolutions….we act on those resolutions; we write to respective governments on those issues and we do follow-up, we strengthen each other and try to be in solidarity with each other. We also use the opportunity to organize workshops for men, workshops for women as well as our young workers. We have joint sessions where all the three groups come together and we also have the business session of that conference. The conference is held in July and after conference, we meet every year in October at an executive meeting, like what is taking place now, where we review the decisions that were taken at the conference. We look at the upcoming conference and then we also report on what progress we have made from the last conference to now. So a lot of issues; some of them are similar, some of them are different.”

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