Former President of the All Sugar General Workers Trade Union, Rudy Indarsingh, is condemning the arrogant statement of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley that the wage settlement which was undertaken on behalf of public servants and law enforcement officers will lead to massive job losses.
Indarsingh, the MP for Couva South, said the wage agreements which were undertaken between recognised majority trade unions and employers under the former administration, were recognised within the Independent Bargaining Process which fell under the purview of the Industrial Relation Act.
“The Prime Minister must immediately desist from bullying and threaten public servants and by extension law enforcement officers as it relates to their outstanding back pay, that if paid will result in massive job losses.
“The Prime Minister who swore by his oath of office to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law must truly understand that all wage settlements on behalf of public servants and law enforcement officers are fully recognized through the Collective Bargaining Process under the Industrial Relations Act Chapter 88:01, and which are recognized bilaterally and through 3rd party intervention at the level of Chief Personnel Officer (CPO) and the Industrial Court of Trinidad and Tobago.”
Indarsingh continued, “His utterances of backdoor arrangements between the former Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and trade union leaders is an indication of his lack of understanding of the Collective Bargaining Process and the lack of commitment on the part of his government to commit to good Industrial Relation practices to which the Prime Minster and his party campaigned on “ timely Settlement of all outstanding public sector wage and salary negotiations,” which is found on page 68 of their manifesto.