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May 3, 2021

P.S.U. to Meet with G.O.B. – is This the Start of Negotiations?

The joint unions have been called for a meeting with the government on Tuesday afternoon. That meeting, the unions are hoping, will be the start of negotiations to settle the impasse that has come out of the consultations over the past few weeks.  P.S.U. President Gerald Henry says that the government negotiating team requested the meeting which they now hope will be more than just the same level of dialogue because they want something meaningful to materialize which can halt strike actions if both parties come to agreeable terms.

 

Gerald Henry

Gerald Henry, President, P.S.U.

“I can confirm that they are calling us back to the table and what I can confirm is in fact it is not the negotiation table – it may be now that we will be entering into negotiations because we never were in negotiations just to correct the term. We were always in consultation – at the consultation table – but hopefully we will be at the negotiation table. If we go now to the negotiation table then there is always hope because that is what negotiation is all about; consultation on the other hand will bring about the result you are going to see tomorrow where we go on strike because there is no effort on the part of the government to break the impasse that we currently have which requires negotiation. So, we are hoping that tomorrow – which indeed the meeting has been requested from the government – that tomorrow we will be negotiating instead of just consulting. And we are hopeful that we don’t have to strike beyond tomorrow because the strike is still on tomorrow as far as I am aware. And so we need to get this over with as quickly as we can because understand the damage causes to the economy as well. We are not irresponsible in our actions and we are not irresponsible in our considerations. So, we definitely want this impasse to end as quickly as possible.”


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