Skerrit claims this is part of a series of discussions with employees of the state of Dominica. However, these employees are represented by the Dominica Public Service Union, which is their bargaining unit, and which has been complaining for months that it has been waiting for weeks to hold discussions with government, with regards to salary and other work conditions for public officers, including the police, nurses, fire & Ambulance service, public works, Dominica Water & Sewerage, Solid Waste, and other essential service employees.
The DPSU says its written requests to government for a meeting to start salary and other negotiations have not eve been acknowledged, and that it has been completely ignored by the government. The Union believes the Skerrit-led DLP Government is trying to undermine the DPSU, which is employees legitimate representative bargaining unit. That notwithstanding, the prime minister says he will be meeting directly with a wide range of public servants over the next few days, to better understand and listen to their issues.
The DPSU’s call for change and adjustments have been championed by its General Secretary, Thomas Letang. In his attempt to dampen the echoes of the people, the Prime minister made a public address saying that his first meeting of many with the public servants started on Thursday at 2:30 pm, just hours before the DPPSU rally.