Government Failed To Meet With Unions And Labour Commissioner 

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Despite Unions agreement to meet, at the last-minute Government failed to keep the meeting as was scheduled by the Labour Commissioner, at their request. The joint team of the Grenada Public Workers’ Union (GPWU) and the Grenada Technical and Allied Workers Union (TAWU), who are presently representing public sector workers in salary negotiation talks with the GNT, met with the Labour Commissioner, Mr. Cyrus Griffith on Monday morning (October 28, 2019) in response to an invitation to engage in pre-conciliation talks before a conciliation meeting with the GNT at 2:30 p.m. 

In a summary decision, the GNT had referred the matter of salary negotiations to the Labour Commissioner, when during the third round of negotiations between the two parties, the head of the GNT adamantly declared a deadlock, despite the unions stating a willingness and ability to continue talks at the table. 

The unions have since written to the GNT reducing their original proposal downward, despite the GNT failing to meet their documented commitment to submit written proposals revising their verbal commitment of 1%, 1.5%, and 1.5% upwards. The GNT did not accept the unions revised offer. 

During the pre-conciliation talks with the Commissioner, the unions communicated to Commissioner Griffith its firm commitment to attend the meeting with the GNT at 2:30 pm today. However, at approximately 2:10 p.m., just minutes before the meeting, the unions received correspondence from Mr. Griffith, advising that the meeting with the GNT had been rescheduled as, “the Chairman of the GNT have a special sitting of parliament at the same time today, hence the rescheduling.” 

The unions express profound shock and disappointment at the postponement of the meeting, in light of the GNT’s previous adamance that the matter must be resolved with utmost urgency. 

The GPWU and the GTAWU, urge members to remain vigilant, stay focused and listen to the voice of your unions as we stand firm for decent wages and salary increases for the next three years.