Police Welfare Association (PWA) has sent its salary proposal to the government of Dominica for the triennium 2018–2021, but according to the PWAChairman, Jefferson Drigo, no reply has been received yet
The Police Welfare Association (PWA) has submitted its salary proposal to the government of Dominica for the triennium 2018–2021, but according to the Association’s chairman, it is yet to receive a reply. PWA Chairman Jefferson Drigo said the salary structure which has been proposed for police officers comprises 15% for 2018/19, 15% for 2019/20 and another 15% for 2020/21.Drigo said the PWA has taken all matters into consideration, including the state of the economy, government’s fiscal performance, rising inflation and the general increase in the cost of living, in arriving at the proposed salary structure.
He said the Association is cognizant of inflation and its relevance to salary negotiations, and “As a result of inflation, the purchasing power of the dollar to its membership has diminished considerably since the passage of Hurricane Maria. The cost of all commodities in the household basket increased considerably with no signs off a possible reduction in the general cost of living”.He added, “Coupled with a limited disposable income, creating a buildup of a credit-cultureis necessary, to makedue provisions for police officers to be able to save a percentage of their salary, in order to make provisions for cases of emergency.”
Drigo pointed to the dangers of police work which he said, includes duties which expose the officer to a high risk of injury, assault and even death, and that police should be rewarded for their courageous efforts.”The PWA Chairman added that the emerging role of the police in the twenty first century is one characterized by expansion and change, and police officers have to adapt, and “To address these inevitable changes of the 21st century, the Police Welfare Association is proposing a modernized workforce that is characterized by an enhanced working environment, an effective performance management system, enhanced training, and career progression to improve the skill set at all levels of the Police Force. Therefore,it is the expectation of the Police Welfare Association that the aforementioned modernized workforce will enable officers to operate from a culture where its members’ performance is aligned with the organizational goals and objectives, and members will be rewarded commensurate withperformance.”
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