Public Servants Continue to Make Sacrifices so They Need Their Raise says Thomas Letang
General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union DPSU, Thomas Letang says public servants have been making sacrifices for a number of years and deserve an increase in wages.
He made the statement in response to the Government’s offer of a wage freeze of zero percent salary increase for the period 2012 to 2015.
This offer was rejected by the membership of the DPSU, following a meeting on Wednesday June 18th.
“When the civilization programme was taking place public officers made sacrifices, as we were told some time was required and even after that, we accepted no salary increases and after 2002, there was a period we no salary increases and over an eight year period, there was salary increases of less than 1%, so public officers has been making tremendous sacrifices,” Letang explained.
He noted, one must understand that the public servants like anybody else have responsibilities and depend on their salary to make their commitments.
Letang pointed out that the DPSU is proposing an overall 10 percent increase – three percent for the first year, three percent for the second year and four percent for the third year, which he regards as reasonable.
Prime Minister, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit following the DPSU’s rejection of the Government’s proposed zero percent wage freeze said he hopes that common sense will prevail at the DPSU, since Dominica has not been spared by the world financial crisis.
However Letang disagrees with such a statement, adding common sense has always prevailed at the DPSU and among public officers.
Letang said the proposal will be submitted to Government in the coming week as well as a proposal for a number of non-salary negotiations.