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TOBAGO RHA LAUNCHES VICIOUS ATTACK ON WORKERS

posted 9 May 2019, 12:34 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 9 May 2019, 19:37 ]
The Tobago Regional Health Authority has been embroiled in issues of nepotism, squandermania, extremely poor industrial relations practices and political interference to the detriment of providing decent health care to the people of Tobago. It is now faced with resistance from workers who are now saying enough is enough.

The National Workers Union has reported a number of trade disputes to the Ministry of Labour involving workers employed at the Tobago Regional Health Authority.

One report to the Ministry deals with the unilateral reduction of a worker’s established rate of pay and refusal to confirm the worker in a vacant position, after several years of continuous employment under a series of allegedly fixed-term contracts dating back to July 28th 2010.

The worker’s established rate of pay was at a level consistent with that of the position of Human Resource Assistant, dating back to November 1st 2011, was unilaterally reduced to that of Clerical Assistant by letter dated 15th October 2018 and effective November 01, 2018.

As well, the management has thereby refused to confirm her in a vacant position after many years of continuous employment under a series of allegedly fixed-term contracts, dating back to 28th July 2010.

The Union met with the employer on February 1st, 2019. A promised response, within two weeks of that meeting date, never came, despite the Union’s follow-up correspondence and phone calls. The matter therefore remains unresolved.

Another worker’s matter has been reported, again involving unfair and unjustified salary reduction, and the Employer’s refusal to confirm the Worker in the vacant position in which she has been acting since September 12th, 2011. As well, there is an expressed intention to lower the Worker’s substantive duties and status accordingly.

The worker’s salary, as Human Resource Assistant, was unfairly reduced to the level of Clerical Assistant. This was communicated via letter dated 15th October 2018, and took effect 01 November 2018, notwithstanding her continuing to perform the duties of Human Resource Assistant, and which duties she has been continuously performing since September 12th 2011.

The Employer’s correspondence, of October 15th 2018, conveys the expressed intention to lower the Worker’s substantive duties and status accordingly. As with the other matter reported, the union met with the employer who despite promising to respond within two weeks has not done so.

Another reported matter involves unfair and unjustified salary reduction, whereby the worker’s salary, as Human Resource Officer, was unfairly and unjustifiably reduced to the level of Human Resource Assistant, via letter dated 12th November 2018 and effective 01 December 2018, even though her substantive duties, dating back to her promotion to the position of Human Resource Officer on November 01, 2011, have been retained.

The Employer’s correspondence, of 12th November 2018, conveys the expressed intention to lower the worker’s substantive duties and status accordingly.

Like with the other matters, the management off the Tobago Regional Health Authority has refused to respond. The matter, like the others, remains unresolved and has been reported as a trade dispute.

It seems the Tobago Regional Health Authority has joined the crusade launched by the business elite and the state against workers’ rights, benefits and entitlements. There is only one response – FIGHTBACK!
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