Future of Public Works Corporation Still Undecided

Public Works Employees During Protest Action in January of 2014

Public Works Employees During Protest Action in January of 2014

The future of the Public Works Corporation (PWC) is still unclear as the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) who represents the employees, is yet to hold a meeting with the Government following the Government’s announcement that the site of the corporation has been earmarked as the location of a five star hotel.

The meeting is also necessary to discuss the frequent delays in the payment of salaries, social security contributions, insurance for members and payment of certain allowances; some of the many unresolved matters plaguing the Corporation.

General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU), Thomas Letang says, the issue of contracts being awarded to foreigners instead of the PWC also needs to be discussed.

Letang said, while one appreciates the projects being undertaken on island and compliments the Government for them, negotiations for such projects should allow locals to gain employment opportunities.

General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU), Thomas Letang

General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU), Thomas Letang

The employees of the Corporation last made their concerns be heard by staging protest action in January and March of this year.

The DPSU had to take the matter to Cabinet for the intervention of Prime Minister Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit.

However, no action has been taken by the Prime Minister to date.

Letang added, the Union will soon meet with the PWC employees to decide their next course of action.

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