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Feb 2, 2016

P.S.U. Says Workers’ Status Must Be Regulated

Eldred Neal

The case has also caught the attention of the Public Service Union, whose president, Eldred Neal, attended this morning’s arguments. He told us that the case points to the need to regularize workers’ status, and that in his ongoing tour of the country as P.S.U. President, workers have been asking their Union to help Government fix the situation.

 

Eldred Neal, President, P.S.U.

“The idea is there, that feeling is there and that is why we need to regularize them. But that is not necessarily the case. We are sure the results of this case has some grounds that it will bare harm in any which way it goes because the individual will be burdened and the government will be burdened any which way it goes. We know for a fact though that the government had suggested that the intent to regularize staff. I know the classification exercise is on board that is going to be looking at that. I know for a fact that where the manifesto of the government of the day had suggested to eliminate this ongoing crusade of open vote workers in the system and working best to establish persons to serve the job that they are tasked to do; which is to actually serve the public. So we are on board and we are working hand in hand and I want to trust that however the outcome be; it is not a fight about winning or losing, but it is something for the country and let’s trust that we learn something from it. And of course find a way to better meet the needs of public officers and the public on a whole.”

 

Of the more than thirteen thousand public officers currently employed, about two thousand five hundred are open-vote workers. Madam Justice Griffith will deliver her ruling in writing on April sixth.

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