UWP Public Meeting Expresses Interest for Various Sectors
A meeting, hosted by the United Workers Party (UWP) was held at the Public Service Union (PSU) on Friday November 29th to address and discuss the concerns of port workers, vendors, sportsmen and persons involved in the music and entertainment industries.
Mr. Isaac Joseph, UWP candidate for Roseau Central, speaking on the topic “Vendors, Marketing and Employment in Roseau” says, he would like to see Roseau as a model regional city in the Caribbean.
Mr. Joseph says the plan is to firstly look into the challenges of the vendors and the opp ortunities to better their products.
Making vendor space more attractive and strategically designing vendor locations around the City was one of the resolutions presented, aimed at enhancing and facilitating persons involved in businesses.
Former Chairman of the Port Branch of the Water Front and Allied Workers Union (WAWU), Mr. Ellsworth Carter gave a brief description of some of the contests faced by port workers.
At one point he said, the salaries of longshoremen and stevedores were subject to reduction, not agreeable by the workers.
When an agreement was not reached, The Port Authority unilaterally imposed a collective agreement on Longshoremen and stevedores, drastically reducing their pay by 33 percent.
Longshoremen and stevedores are paid based on the amount of cargo that they handle.
Participants similarly raised concerns for available space around the central City.