Dominica police reject latest salary offer from government
ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):
The Police Welfare Association (PWA) today said it had rejected the latest salary offer from the Dominica government and confirmed also that it had received an offer from the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) should it form the next government following the December 8 general election.
“After much delay and delay of process the government finally decided to meet with the Police Welfare association with regards to salaries and wage increases.
“At the meeting today we were extremely disappointed that the government for the triennium offered us one per cent, zero per cent and zero per cent,” said PWA chairman, Jefferson Drigo.
He said that in addition, the government has said it would implement a human resource audit conducted within the public service.
He said the audit severely affects the majority of police officers' and in no uncertain terms today we rejected government’s offer and as early as Wednesday we are going back to our membership to inform them of government’s position,” Drigo said.
Early this year the government had written to the PWA offering a zero per cent wage increase over the same three year period.
Drigo also confirmed that the PWA met with the UWP earlier this week to discuss the wage negotiations and other matters.
“They requested a meeting with us…we had discussions with them and they offered if they were to come into government …1.5, 1.5 and three per cent,” over the same period, he said.
But Drigo said he also informed the UWP that the police were standing by its original demands of 14 per cent spread over the three years.
“That is the position, we discussed other things with them but the main point of the meeting yesterday was the offer. We all know that they are not in government so that is just an offer, but we stand by our 14 per cent,” he added.
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