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CONTRACT WORKERS MUST SUPPORT JULY 5TH DEMONSTRATION

posted 24 Jun 2013, 14:34 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 24 Jun 2013, 14:35 ]
2013-06-24 

 
CONTRACT WORKERS MUST SUPPORT JULY 5TH DEMONSTRATION 
 
The National Workers Union (NWU) notes with concern that the newly constituted Children’s Authority has received the approval of cabinet to create two hundred and twenty eight contract positions covering all functional areas including legal, corporate, social and regulatory services. 
 
The NWU is opposed to the government’s continuing programme of elimination of permanent jobs in the public service in favour of contract labour. Most new jobs in the public service and state enterprise sectors are not permanent jobs.
 
The situation in the private sector is also trending in that direction as employers attempt to super-exploit workers, avoid entitlements and benefits due to permanent workers and engage in blocking unionisation of their workers. 
 
The NWU supports the following position as contained in the WORKERS AGENDA adopted at an all-union Conference of Shop Stewards and Branch Officers held at OWTU Headquarters on April 18th 2010: “The discontinuation of the policy of using Contract Labour in the Public Service, Teaching Service, and State Sector generally as this results in job insecurity, and inferior terms and condition of employment, and has been demonstrated to result in avenues for corruption. In industry, health and safety are also seriously compromised.” 
 
Contract workers have no job security; they are unable to make long term commitments because the banks discriminate against non-permanent workers; they are excluded from occupational pension plans. In the public sector they are subject to the shifting political tides.
 
When governments change many of them have their contracts terminated. This leads to nepotism through the hiring of party hacks and family members of politicians and their hangers-on. A result of this programme is the weakening of unions in the public and state enterprise sectors. 
 
The National Workers Union calls on all contract workers in the public sector and all who support decent work to join the demonstration organised by the Joint Trade Union Movement on July 5th and show their opposition to the growing menace of contract labour in the public sector and for the implementation of the Workers Agenda. 
  

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Gerry Kangalee (National Education and Research Officer – Cell: 785-7637)
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Gerry Kangalee,
24 Jun 2013, 15:01
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