Postal workers want 18.5% more

Yesterday, Reginald Crichlow, general secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Postal Workers Union, union president DavidForbes and workers staged a protest outside the CPO’s office at St Vincent Street, Port of Spain.

To date, Crichlow said they have only dealt with “non-cost items” (health and safety issues) and are yet to move to cost items like increase in salaries and vacation.

He said: “We are asking for an 18.5 per cent increase in a number of job positions. The job evaluation is 18.5 per cent to the basic salary to bring us concurrent with the international market. There are no comparators in Trinidad and Tobago. We have to go on an international level. We are looking at about 52 posts including managers, monthly paid staff, delivery, mail and transport officers.”

Crichlow said they would only implement strike action if all their other options were exhausted.

He said: “Strike action remains the tool of any worker. Because of the lack of proper responses, we would seek discussion and negotiation until we reach the point where we are comfortable. We are not going back to normalcy. Normalcy does not mean we might not be on the job. But we would not be normal until we resolve the issue. We are now in 2015. Workers are underpaid.”

Baksh: Waiting for CPO, Howai

Via a telephone interview, Public Utilities Minister Nizam Baksh said: “They sent me a letter and the PS (Jacinta Bailey-Sobers) sent it to the CPO. The matter has been sent to the CPO. They are looking for quick action from the CPO.

“We would want to settle as quickly as possible. I had some meetings with the Finance Minister (Larry Howai). But we are waiting on the CPO. This is one of the current ones. And we are trying to get it settled. We already have a benchmark by which unions are settling. We want to bring it about as fast as possible.”




 

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