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Apr 20, 2021

Joint Unions Rejected Tiered Approach to Salary Reduction

Dean Flowers

On Friday, a letter was sent to the joint unions from the Minister of Public Service where a proposal for a tiered approach to reducing the wages of teachers and public officers was being suggested.  In that letter, Minister Henry Charles Usher puts forward the notion that the reductions can be staggered based on income brackets which would see some employees paying eight percent, ten percent and twelve percent.  That idea however met a cold response from the joint unions.  On Monday, they rejected that proposal.

 

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

“Where the consultation is concerned, in reference to the last meeting held with government on Friday, the unions’ joint position has not changed.  We spoke about a lot of things, a very cordial and casual conversation to say the least, but unfortunately, we had to respond to the Minister of Public Service’s letter which in itself proposes an eight, ten, twelve percent salary cut.  Our members rejected that tiered approach in its entirety and the position of the joint union is that you cannot cut salaries until you reform this broken system.  Once you reform this broken system and put things in place to ensure that we’re all paying our fair share and you, yourself, Mr. Government, is holding yourself accountable where good governance is concerned, when all these things are in place then we can start having a discussion surrounding salary cuts and more sacrifice because as is we’ve all been victims of corrupt administrations time and time again and now the mal-administration of these different governments or administration is now being placed on the backs of public officers to take a salary cut and we’re saying we’re not going to have it, not this time.  We did it in 1995-1997, we did it last year, enough is enough.  If we continue doing this we will be promoting what is sooner rather than later will be a failed state and so we’re saying it stops now.  Let’s fix this system and then if things aren’t working out we can start a discussion on salary cuts but not at this moment.”


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