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Jan 12, 2021

Public Officers Complain About Unfair Dismissal

The Public Service Union is also addressing complaints made by public officers regarding unfair dismissal.  In its release, the P.S.U. says that it received several complaints from public officers who have been terminated under the Briceño Administration.  The union says that it vows to challenge these terminations following the rules and regulations set out under the Government Workers Regulations.  The president of the P.S.U. has called the Ministry of Public Service to express concern since those fired say they have been politically victimized.  First Vice President Dean Flowers says that he can’t classify it is mass firing because the union has only received a few complaints.

 

Dean Flowers

Dean Flowers, 1st Vice President, P.S.U.

“There has been some dismissals. I am unable to use the term mass firings and while that has been reported in some segment of the media, the public service union represents members by extension all the public officers in negotiations. We have a set number of members that we represent and the best information that I have. Is that we don’t have mass membership coming to us saying that they have been victimized and so I cannot say that our members have been victims of political victimization. Have there been dismissals? Yes. Have some of our members been affected? Yes. But the numbers that have come forward to seek our assistance and who I want to reassure that we will offering the necessary kind of assistance to ensure that they were treated fairly before dismissed, it is not a huge number. I want to be fair to say that we know for a fact that some of our members as well other public officers may have breached the regulations, where political campaigning is concerned and in some cases not even reporting to work. I am pretty quite sure that you know the stories of the ghost workers. We are aware that some of our people may very well be aligned with these accusations.”


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