DPSU Accepts Government 1.5% Increase in Salary Negotiations

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General Secretary of the DPSU, Mr. Thomas Letang

After a lengthy negotiating period with the Government, the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) has accepted Government’s proposal of a 1.5 percent increase for 2011 to 2012, and wage negotiations regarding public servants for the triennium 2009 to 2012 are now closed.

This was made public by the General Secretary of the DPSU, Mr. Thomas Letang, who stated, the acceptance letter was submitted to the Government on Thursday February 14th 2013.

Mr. Letang said before accepting the proposal, it was discussed at an executive level after the membership of the DPSU advised them to accept, and then informed the Government of their position.

With that the first year of the triennium which was 2009 was 3 percent, 1 percent for 2010 and 1.5 percent for 2011, which is 5.5 percent total.

He said although negotiations did not go as planned, they did make some head way, as they persuaded the Government to move from 0-0 percent to 1 and 1.5 percent in addition to other non-salary benefits.

Some of these include; duty free concessions for traveling officers, low interest rates on mortgages, and revised allowances among others.

Mr. Letang added that, they have done extremely well in representing their members, while trying to get benefits for them.

He says going into negotiations, the Government’s negotiating team kept repeating that, the country cannot afford a salary increase, which he begged to differ.

Mr. Letang revealed that, there is a need for a National Consultation to address the issue of economic growth.

However for this to be successful, all participants will have to put aside their political differences, so we can all work together in brainstorming, on how we can bring this country forward.

He said Dominica is certainly not generating sufficient revenue as it should.

Mr. Letang went on to say that, the Executive will meet shortly to discuss what they will do different for the negotiations for the triennium 2012 to 2015, which should have begun since July of 2012.

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