On Friday July 22nd, in the midst of a looming showdown between the Labour Movement and the PP government over the 5% wage cap, the management of National Maintenance, Training and Security Company (MTS) has made the provocative offer of 5% (2-1-2) to the recognised majority union, the Transport and Industrial Workers’ Union (TIWU).
The management of the state enterprise which made a profit of more than $23 million in 2010 made it clear to the union’s negotiating team that they had no wriggle room and were acting under instructions. The contract period for which the negotiations are taking place expired in June. This means that MTS workers are on 2008 salaries.
TIWU tried for months to get MTS management to the table. The management pleaded that the Board of directors had not been appointed. When the workers got fed up and embarked on a campaign to force MTS to the table, a Board was hastily appointed and negotiations convened.
TIWU has called a mass membership meeting of MTS workers at its headquarters in Laventille for Tuesday 26th July at 10:00 am to discuss the implications of the 5% offer.