The bargaining agents for public sector employees in Grenada has challenged claims made by new Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell that the ruling New National Party (NNP) administration has not been engaged in sending home of workers since it was voted back into office following the February 19 general elections.
In a statement issued Tuesday, the Public Workers Union (PWU) expressed concerns over the amount of workers being sent home given the financial situation facing workers.
The statement was issued against the backdrop of claims made in the Senate by labour’s representative in Parliament, Rae Roberts that several workers have been dismissed since the Mitchell government replaced the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as the government in St. George’s.
Roberts said that he has a number of dismissal letters that were sent to public sector workers on the sister isle of Carriacou.
The Mitchell government has been accused of sacking workers considered to be supporters of Congress and replacing them with its known activists.
Following is the text of the statement issued by the PWU, headed by Adrian Francis, on the current situation facing government employees:
“The Public Workers’ Union is observing with concern the recent disturbing trend of job loss in the public sector and we are of the view that job creation and not job loss is on the current list of employers priorities.
We would like to assure our members that we will do all within our power to curb this trend and address any issues of victimisation or wrongful dismissal.
The well-being and protection of workers are the Public Workers’ Union’s most central priorities. In the same breath, we would like to respectfully remind employers of the precarious financial position most workers are facing in this global financial crisis.
Public Workers’ Union hopes that employers would consider workers livelihood before making these difficult decisions.