Not on freeze!
THE NATIONAL UNION OF PUBLIC WORKERS has formally written to Government outlining its key demands for their upcoming negotiations on August 5.
However, noticeably absent from the NUPW’s July 15 correspondence, a copy of which has been obtained by the MIDWEEK NATION, is any mention of the bread-and-butter issue of wages and salaries.
When contacted yesterday, acting General Secretary Roslyn Smith said this did not mean that the union had acceded to the Government’s call for wage restraint or that their recent demands for a wage increase for the current period 2010-2012 (five per cent increase in the first year and three per cent in the second) were off the table.
Smith said the NUPW was well aware of the chorus of suggestions emanating from several quarters – including Barbados’ first Central Bank Governor Sir Courtney Blackman and Charlie Skeete, retired senior economic advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank – for the Government to institute a pay freeze in the public sector, which has an annual wage bill of $700 million. (KJ)
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