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NATUC: GET RID OF THE CPO

posted 11 Mar 2015, 12:20 by Gerry Kangalee
The National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) issued the following statement on March 8th 2015:

The National Trade Union Centre supports the struggle of the police, fire and prison officers in their fight for just and fair wages given the nature of the work of the protective services.

In most instances, the jobs performed by our protective services are both physically and mentally demanding and are usually carried out in a highly volatile, hazardous and life threatening environment.

A well paid protective service employee is essential to ensuring the peace, security and well-being of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and therefore their terms and conditions of employment must equate the import of their jobs. 

The outstanding negotiations for the protective services must be treated with the respect and urgency that it deserves and it is in this context that NATUC holds itself available to lend whatever support that we can give to ensure the speedy resolution of this matter. 

NATUC also call on the government to make a firm decision regarding the status of these negotiations to ensure that there is no further delay in settling the outstanding negotiations for the protective services in an honest and reasonable manner.

Additionally, NATUC has a concern with regards to the process and mechanism in which negotiations are done through the office of the CPO and therefore we are calling on government to review and or remove the office of the CPO to allow for meaningful negotiations, given this modern and enlightened industrial relations age. 

NATUC once again call on the Public Sector Negotiation Committee (PSNC) to settle all outstanding wage negotiations within a reasonable timeframe and as such the appropriate funds must be allocated to this end to ensure the speedy resolution of the outstanding negotiations.

Finally the government must make a firm decision regarding the role and operations of the Public Sector Negotiation Committee and the role of the CPO. Further, if the PNSC and the CPO are to be maintained, there must be a firm commitment and a process to settle all wage negotiations within a specific timeframe.

NATUC calls on the government to conclude all other outstanding negotiations now.

 

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