Police and public servants have rejected a one per cent wage offer from the Dominica government for the year 2011 even as the Roosevelt Skerrit administration says it has approached the negotiations fairly and reasonably.
Public Service Minister Charles Savarin, a former trade unionist, said negotiations for the period 2012-15 are due and that the government is seeking therefore to amicably conclude negotiations with a view to agreeing a collective bargaining agreement for 2009-12 and to move speedily to commence negotiations for the new triennium.
He said the government is satisfied that in all of the circumstances and in light of the local, regional and international economic situation, it has been and continues to be considerate of the needs and concerns of its employees and have dealt fairly and reasonably with their unions in the conduct of wage and salary negotiations.
Savarin said the package of non-salary benefits to public officers for the period 2009-10 was substantial.
The Police Welfare Association (PSA) said it would meet with its membership to further discuss the governments offer.
The Public Service Union (DPSU) has already said it was disappointment at the position adopted by the government.
DPSU general secretary Thomas Letang said the government is sticking to its position of one per cent for 2010, 2011 and one per cent for 2011 and 2012.
We thought that if the government is offering one per cent at least they would have considered some tradeoffs. We discussed tradeoffs with them, they asked us to submit that in writing and some of the things we proposed were things we had initially proposed ...when we first submitted our proposals for 2009-2012, he added.