Another layoff delay
There could be another possible delay in sending home the 3,000 public sector workers.
This was indicated to reporters today by general secretary of the National Union of Public Workers, Dennis Clarke, after meeting with the 300 employees who were terminated from Government’s Drainage Unit.
Clarke said he did not expect the thousands of workers to start going home on Friday, as scheduled.
“The list with the numbers has been forwarded to personnel administration for them to fine tune, and one is hoping that that would be done between today and Wednesday the latest, so that we would be able to meet with those workers, to see how best we can assist them; but I believe, you may not see the 3,000 going on Friday, because of the logistics in working out the whole thing,” Clarke stated.
However, he is hoping to get that list by Wednesday.
The NUPW leader said he expected to meet with the Ministry of the Civil Service sometime this week, when the contents of the final list of persons being retrenched, would be examined.
“You may have 5,000 persons in the public service who are temporary . . . they are not temporary, temporary; so the ones who are in temporary posts, do not add up to 3,000, which means then that you have to look at the boards, along with the general public service, to more or less, get your 3,000,” explained Clarke.
“We don’t know as yet, how the boards are doing, we’ll get around to them pretty soon,” he continued.
The NUPW general secretary said Government had not yet informed his organisation which of its cost-cutting proposals it planned to implement as alternatives to laying off the thousands of public workers.
He said the union had put a cost to its proposals submitted to Government.
“Some of them would incur Government forking out revenue. The majority, I would say 98 per cent, yes, they would bring revenue into the coffers of Government, but they want an immediate something, and the immediate type of approach is that the public service is too large and therefore they got to reduce the public service,” pointed out the union boss.
“Our amounts of money that we can show them that they can bring in, seem not to be the short- term [solution] to change the deficit that they have,” he asserted.
“This 54 cent in every dollar that is spent on salaries on the public service, that is the bugbear,” Clarke insisted.