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posted 2 Dec 2011, 11:39 by Gerry Kangalee

December 01, 2011


The Communication Workers Union would like to advise that we have achieved a significant settlement with respect to the wage negotiations for the Senior Staff Bargaining Unit at state owned TSTT for the period 2003 to 2005 and 2006 to 2007 which covers a five year period.

After approximately forty-eight (48) days of filibustering and bad faith negotiations by the TSTT Management and Board of Directors, we were able to arrive at an agreement that represented the objectives which the Union had set and was unwilling to compromise on in order to provide justice and equity for the Senior Staffers. We wish to recall that we were adamant that the company must address the obvious wage disparity by way of overlapping Grade Scales that existed between the Senior Staff Wage Structure and the Junior Staff Wage Structure.

We even advanced information to display instances whereby Supervisors would have been required to supervise Junior Employees who would have been earning a higher salary. The TSTT Management was adamant that they were not going to address this grave injustice. This was the major stumbling block towards a settlement of these negotiations.

When we entered conciliatory talks at the Ministry, the Company disrespected the Minister, the Conciliators from the Ministry of Labour, Small and Micro Enterprise Development and the Union by way of a backward and vexatious approach when they reduced their Wage Offer from 12% to 8%. They also refused to make any adjustments to any of the outstanding allowances. However with the direct intervention of the Minister of Labour, Small and Micro Enterprise Development, the Company had no choice but to revert to the 12% Wage offer and also agree to address the wage disparity between the Senior Staff Bargaining Unit and the Junior Staff Bargaining Unit. This provision mandates parties to address these disparities within three (3) months of the signing of the Agreement.

We wish to state that during Conciliation talks at the Ministry, in addition to the agreement on Salaries, we were able to obtain additional increases in Allowances as follows: a 20% increase in the Motor Vehicle Upkeep and a 28.5% increase in Mileage for Travelling Officers; plus a 16.5% increase in the Duty Allowance for all Senior Staffers.

Of significant importance is the Consolidation of COLA as at December 31st 2005 and as at December 31st 2007, continuation of COLA by Indexation, twelve (12) percent increases in Salaries for 2006 and 2007, having already achieved salary increases for 2003 to 2005 since 2005.

We wish to emphasize that considerable progress was made with the direct intervention of the Minister and his team of Conciliators, we however wish to state that

the TSTT Management and Board of Directors must be condemned for their blatant disregard for good and proper Industrial Relations Practices and their obscene attempt to derail the Free and Fair Collective Bargaining Process by engaging in BAD FAITH BARGAINING.

We wish to commend our Senior Staffers for their understanding during our just struggle and we implore them to be wary of False Messiahs’.

We look forward to commencing Bilateral Talks for the three (3) year period 2008-2010 with the hope and expectation of a bilateral settlement; we are however wary of once again engaging in discussions with a very anti-worker, disrespectful and uncaring TSTT Executive Management led by Roberto Peon, Edghill Messiah, Rakesh Goswami and Lisa Agard.

John Julien 497-6871 Joseph Remy 473-8525

Secretary General President

Gerry Kangalee,
2 Dec 2011, 11:40