National Union of Government & Federated Workers

National Union of Government & Federated Workers NUGFW Remains the Largest Trade Union in Trinidad and Tobago NUGFW is a Trade Union that represents over 40,000 workers (both Government The National Union of Government and Federated Workers (NUGFW) is a trade union in Trinidad and Tobago.
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It was formed on 3 June 1967 out of a merger between the National Union of Government Employees and the Federated Workers Trade Union. At its inaugural Convention, the NUGFW declared: "It is recognised that labour unity is essential to the social, economic and political progress of all workers. It is recognised, too, that the fragmentation of the labour movement inhibits such progress." Today, the NUGFW remains the largest union in Trinidad and Tobago.Daily Rated & Private Sector Wokers). NUGFW is affiliated to approximately 6 umbrella bodies regionally and world wide.

Mission: The NUGFW exists to promote the social, economic and political well-being of its membership, by providing total representation and quality service. This is achieved by creating value for the organisation’s stakeholders through efficient operations, whilst a building strong base of Knowledgeable workers.

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Lifeguards forced to endure wretched and undignified working conditionsThe President General, NUGFW- James Lambert calle...
05/01/2021

Lifeguards forced to endure wretched and undignified working conditions

The President General, NUGFW- James Lambert called a media conference today 5/01/2021, most urgently, to address the concerns of the Lifeguards who have been forced to work under the most wretched and undignified conditions.

This is the 2nd emergency meeting in a few months, with an urgent appeal to the Minister of National Security, Honourable Stuart Young to meet and treat with the cries of these workers who have endured these conditions for well over 6 years.
These guardians of our national shores have been forced to work without: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Work Towers, Ambulance, Jet Skis and First Aid to handle emergencies.

The President General emphasized that if this appeal is not answered soon after today, the Union will be forced to take immediate Industrial Action. Cde Lambert further appealed to the Honourable Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley, to use his good office to remove the Lifeguards, Facilities Maintenance Unit, Civilian Conservations Corps from under the purview of this office- National Security as it is clear that those in charge are incapable of seeing after these affairs.

Happy New Year from NUGFW. May 2021 be a year of new beginnings and great success for you and your family.
01/01/2021

Happy New Year from NUGFW. May 2021 be a year of new beginnings and great success for you and your family.

Merry Christmas from National Union of Government and Federated Workers.
25/12/2020

Merry Christmas from National Union of Government and Federated Workers.

The NUGFW endorses that the rights of workers must not be denied and sick leave bonus is an entitlement outlined in the ...
23/12/2020
Lambert: WASA workers’ bonus an entitlement, not a favour - Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

The NUGFW endorses that the rights of workers must not be denied and sick leave bonus is an entitlement outlined in the Collective Agreement. We therefore hold the Authority and particularly the Minister of Public Utilities to this commitment.

President general of the National Union of Government and Federal Workers (NUGFW) James Lambert says sick leave bonuses, usually given to Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) workers in December, are not a favour. He says it is an entitlement agreed to by management and the union in a collective agre...

10/12/2020

On Human Rights Day and the final day of the 16 Days Campaign, we collectively call on the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to ratify ILO Convention 190.

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09/12/2020

16 DAYS CAMPAIGN – DAY 15 - Message from Comrade Zakeia Murray.

The 16 Days Campaign is an annual global call for the elimination of gender-based violence and is run annually from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). NUGFW joins the world in observing these 16 days and calls upon the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to ratify ILO Convention 190 (Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019). We join the 2020 focus on informal women workers who are more vulnerable, even more since the onset of COVID-19.

This year, we will have a daily message to voice for each day of activism and on the final day (December 10), we will publicly read our petition to the Government. Today is Day 15.

This is a message from NUGFW member and employee, COMRADE ZAKEIA MURRAY.

Join our petition and be part of our campaign to have ILO Convention 190 ratified, by liking and sharing this video.

08/12/2020

16 DAYS CAMPAIGN – DAY 14 - Message from Comrade Cindy Ann Ali.

The 16 Days Campaign is an annual global call for the elimination of gender-based violence and is run annually from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). NUGFW joins the world in observing these 16 days and calls upon the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to ratify ILO Convention 190 (Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019). We join the 2020 focus on informal women workers who are more vulnerable, even more since the onset of COVID-19
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This year, we will have a daily message to voice for each day of activism and on the final day (December 10), we will publicly read our petition to the Government. Today is Day 14.

This is a message from NUGFW member and employee, COMRADE CINDY ANN ALI.

Join our petition and be part of our campaign to have ILO Convention 190 ratified, by liking and sharing this video.

07/12/2020

16 DAYS CAMPAIGN – DAY 13 - Message from Comrade Jaime Joseph.

The 16 Days Campaign is an annual global call for the elimination of gender-based violence and is run annually from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). NUGFW joins the world in observing these 16 days and calls upon the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to ratify ILO Convention 190 (Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019). We join the 2020 focus on informal women workers who are more vulnerable, even more since the onset of COVID-19.

This year, we will have a daily message to voice for each day of activism and on the final day (December 10), we will publicly read our petition to the Government. Today is Day 13.

This is a message from NUGFW member and employee, COMRADE JAIME JOSEPH.

Join our petition and be part of our campaign to have ILO Convention 190 ratified, by liking and sharing this video.

06/12/2020

16 DAYS CAMPAIGN – DAY 12 - Message from Comrade Gregory Griffith

The 16 Days Campaign is an annual global call for the elimination of gender-based violence and is run annually from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). NUGFW joins the world in observing these 16 days and calls upon the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to ratify ILO Convention 190 (Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019). We join the 2020 focus on informal women workers who are more vulnerable, even more since the onset of COVID-19.

This year, we will have a daily message to voice for each day of activism and on the final day (December 10), we will publicly read our petition to the Government. Today is Day 12.

This is a message from NUGFW member and employee, COMRADE GREGORY GRIFFITH.

Join our petition and be part of our campaign to have ILO Convention 190 ratified, by liking and sharing this video.

05/12/2020

16 DAYS CAMPAIGN – DAY 11 - Message from Comrade Juliana Williamson

The 16 Days Campaign is an annual global call for the elimination of gender-based violence and is run annually from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). NUGFW joins the world in observing these 16 days and calls upon the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to ratify ILO Convention 190 (Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019). We join the 2020 focus on informal women workers who are more vulnerable, even more since the onset of COVID-19.

This year, we will have a daily message to voice for each day of activism and on the final day (December 10), we will publicly read our petition to the Government. Today is Day 11.

This is a message from NUGFW member and employee, COMRADE JULIANA WILLIAMSON.

Join our petition and be part of our campaign to have ILO Convention 190 ratified, by liking and sharing this video.

04/12/2020

16 DAYS CAMPAIGN – DAY 10. Message from Comrade Nadia Lambert

The 16 Days Campaign is an annual global call for the elimination of gender-based violence and is run annually from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). NUGFW joins the world in observing these 16 days and calls upon the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to ratify ILO Convention 190 (Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019). We join the 2020 focus on informal women workers who are more vulnerable, even more since the onset of COVID-19.

This year, we will have a daily message to voice for each day of activism and on the final day (December 10), we will publicly read our petition to the Government. Today is Day 10.

This is a message from NUGFW member and employee, COMRADE NADIA LAMBERT.

Join our petition and be part of our campaign to have ILO Convention 190 ratified, by liking and sharing this video.

03/12/2020

16 DAYS CAMPAIGN – DAY 9 – Message from Comrade Nandini Gopichand-Dadd

The 16 Days Campaign is an annual global call for the elimination of gender-based violence and is run annually from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). NUGFW joins the world in observing these 16 days and calls upon the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to ratify ILO Convention 190 (Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019). We join the 2020 focus on informal women workers who are more vulnerable, even more since the onset of COVID-19.
This year, we will have a daily message to voice for each day of activism and on the final day (December 10), we will publicly read our petition to the Government. Today is Day 9.

This is a message from NUGFW member and employee, COMRADE NANDINI GOPICHAND-DADD.

Join our petition and be part of our campaign to have ILO Convention 190 ratified, by liking and sharing this video.

02/12/2020

16 Days Campaign – Day 8. Message from Comrade Terry Ann Andrews

The 16 Days Campaign is an annual global call for the elimination of gender-based violence and is run annually from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). NUGFW joins the world in observing these 16 days and calls upon the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to ratify ILO Convention 190 (Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019). We join the 2020 focus on informal women workers who are more vulnerable, even more since the onset of COVID-19.

This year, we will have a daily message to voice for each day of activism and on the final day (December 10), we will publicly read our petition to the Government. Today is Day 8.

This is a message from NUGFW member and employee, COMRADE TERRY ANN ANDREWS.

Join our petition and be part of our campaign to have ILO Convention 190 ratified, by liking and sharing this video.

Today as we commemorate World Aids Day 2020, let us be mindful that this is another pandemic which has threatened humani...
01/12/2020

Today as we commemorate World Aids Day 2020, let us be mindful that this is another pandemic which has threatened humanity long before COVID-19. One of this year's theme is Ending the HIV/AIDS Endemic and to do this we must empower ourselves, our communities and our future generations to stand in global solidarity as a united world against AIDS. We must recognize that we will continue to widen the inequality gap if we do not eliminate discrimination and stigmas towards affected persons.

In the shadow of COVID-19, let us all convey a message that promotes and supports humanity. Therefore when we wear our red ribbons we must remember it is a daily commitment to do our part to end AIDS/HIV together.

01/12/2020

16 DAYS CAMPAIGN – DAY 7 – Message from Comrade Peter Ambrose

The 16 Days Campaign is an annual global call for the elimination of gender-based violence and is run annually from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). NUGFW joins the world in observing these 16 days and calls upon the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to ratify ILO Convention 190 (Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019). We join the 2020 focus on informal women workers who are more vulnerable, even more since the onset of COVID-19.

This year, we will have a daily message to voice for each day of activism and on the final day (December 10), we will publicly read our petition to the Government. Today is Day 7.

This is a message from NUGFW member and employee, COMRADE PETER AMBROSE.

Join our petition and be part of our campaign to have ILO Convention 190 ratified, by liking and sharing this video.

30/11/2020

16 DAYS CAMPAIGN – DAY 6 – Message from Comrade Thurese Francis

The 16 Days Campaign is an annual global call for the elimination of gender-based violence and is run annually from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). NUGFW joins the world in observing these 16 days and calls upon the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to ratify ILO Convention 190 (Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019). We join the 2020 focus on informal women workers who are more vulnerable, even more since the onset of COVID-19.

This year, we will have a daily message to voice for each day of activism and on the final day (December 10), we will publicly read our petition to the Government. Today is Day 6.

This is a message from NUGFW member and employee, COMRADE THURESE FRANCIS.

Join our petition and be part of our campaign to have ILO Convention 190 ratified, by liking and sharing this video.

29/11/2020

16 DAYS CAMPAIGN – DAY 5- Message from Comrade Karen Flemming

The 16 Days Campaign is an annual global call for the elimination of gender-based violence and is run annually from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). NUGFW joins the world in observing these 16 days and calls upon the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to ratify ILO Convention 190 (Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019). We join the 2020 focus on informal women workers who are more vulnerable, even more since the onset of COVID-19.

This year, we will have a daily message to voice for each day of activism and on the final day (December 10), we will publicly read our petition to the Government. Today is Day 5.

This is a message from NUGFW member and employee, COMRADE KAREN FLEMMING.

Join our petition and be part of our campaign to have ILO Convention 190 ratified, by liking and sharing this video.

28/11/2020

16 DAYS CAMPAIGN – DAY 4- Message from Comrade Sherrie Ann Gibson

The 16 Days Campaign is an annual global call for the elimination of gender-based violence and is run annually from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). NUGFW joins the world in observing these 16 days and calls upon the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to ratify ILO Convention 190 (Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019). We join the 2020 focus on informal women workers who are more vulnerable, even more since the onset of COVID-19.

This year, we will have a daily message to voice for each day of activism and on the final day (December 10), we will publicly read our petition to the Government. Today is Day 4.

This is a message from NUGFW member and employee, COMRADE SHERRIE ANN GIBSON.

Join our petition and be part of our campaign to have ILO Convention 190 ratified, by liking and sharing this video.

27/11/2020

16 DAYS CAMPAIGN – DAY 3- Message from Comrade Treva De Silva

The 16 Days Campaign is an annual global call for the elimination of gender-based violence and is run annually from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). NUGFW joins the world in observing these 16 days and calls upon the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to ratify ILO Convention 190 (Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019). We join the 2020 focus on informal women workers who are more vulnerable, even more since the onset of COVID-19.

This year, we will have a daily message to voice for each day of activism and on the final day (December 10), we will publicly read our petition to the Government. Today is Day 3.

This is a message from NUGFW member and employee, COMRADE TREVA DE SILVA.

Join our petition and be part of our campaign to have ILO Convention 190 ratified, by liking and sharing this video.

26/11/2020

16 Days Campaign – Day 2

The 16 Days Campaign is an annual global call for the elimination of gender-based violence and is run annually from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). NUGFW joins the world in observing these 16 days and calls upon the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to ratify ILO Convention 190 (Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019). We join the 2020 focus on informal women workers who are more vulnerable, even more since the onset of COVID-19.
This year, we will have a daily message to voice for each day of activism and on the final day (December 10), we will publicly read our petition to the Government. Today is Day 2.

This is a message from NUGFW member and employee, COMRADE MELINDA JACK.

Join our petition and be part of our campaign to have ILO Convention 190 ratified, by liking and sharing this video.

25/11/2020

The 16 Days Campaign is an annual global call for the elimination of gender-based violence and is run annually from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). NUGFW joins the world in observing these 16 days and calls upon the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to ratify ILO Convention 190 (Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019). We join the 2020 focus on informal women workers who are more vulnerable, even more since the onset of COVID-19.
This year, we will have a daily message to voice for each day of activism and on the final day (December 10), we will publicly read our petition to the Government. Today is Day 1.

This is a message from NUGFW member and employee, COMRADE KAREEM VOISIN.

Join our petition and be part of our campaign to have ILO Convention 190 ratified, by liking and sharing this video.

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Hi good morning all i just have a lil concern i work at arima race club well from since the covid 19 had started from to date we haven't get a good week work as yet and the management of arc had taken 15% and 2 hours from our day pay some of us only going home with 160 for the week and some of us only getting $106 a day and only working 3days now we have our holidays inside and we cannot get all they had said we only. Getting the holidays to the days we work which is 3 days and we getting it at 6 hours so I want to know if this is legal or not now we hearing that after the new year the company would be closing down so I just wanna know if they will pay off the workers or not because I'm working there 8 years now I just looking for some advice thanks in advance
Good day, my manager is going on vacation and I was asked by the Director to 'hold on' while the manager is gone. I asked about Acting Allowance and was told that I can be formally appointed to act but no arrangements can be made for payment because it is not in our organizations' Policy and Procedure Manual. I would appreciate any advice.
What is the phone number for this union
What is the union doing about arrears for the daily paids .Now is the time to be militant in demanding our arrears and salary increase .But it seems we are considered "nobody" so we aren't important neither is the union !
Hi big nucle, how far na
y are you all are not reading my message in messenger I sent so long am yet to understand why am i still paying union dues??? Smh
Good Day . More definitely needs to be done regarding negotiations for government workers Salaries and wages in Trinidad and Tobago . Workers as myself is unfortunately still operating under the cost of living allowance and with held allowances as well .
2019.01.10; 2018.06.18; 2017.06.07; 2016.06.13 Minister Jennifer Baptiste Primus, Minister of Labour, Small and Micro-Enterprise Development 2015.05.15; 2013.11.17; 2013.05.20; 2010.09.20 Minister Errol Mc Leod Attention: Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley Protect the Workers, Strengthen the Trade Union As a former Trade Union Leader, I am appealing for changes to the Registration, Recognition and Certification Board (RRCB) to give more authority to the WORKER, especially the status of Recognised Majority Union (RMU) status. All WORKERs within a Bargaining Unit must automatically pay Trade Union Dues unless they choose to withdraw voluntarily, with penalties. All WORKERs also have the authority to change their Trade Union and the Registration, Recognition and Certification of a Trade Union must take place within a specified time, with penalties to be paid by the employer and the Registration Recognition and Certification Board. All WORKERs must be protected during this period of economic downturn and recession. Registration, Recognition and Certification Board (RRCB) ANTI-WORKER; ANTI-TRADE UNION In it’s present format, the RRCB is both anti-worker and anti-trade union. This gives the employer and the government an opportunity to abuse employees. In this age of contract employment, all employees need protection. The mishaps of places of employment in the Asian continent must be noted It is important that we must focus on the rights of workers and their access to proper representation, in whatever form and fashion. No employer must be allowed to abuse workers. No trade union must be able to stifle the expression of workers by claiming permanent certification. In this age of contract labour, all workers who have provided THREE continuous months of services, should be entitled to at least gratuity, vacation &, sick leave, regardless of their terms of employment. Workers must be protected from employers who force their employees to resign after eleven months so as to save payment of gratuity with the threat of no-contract renewal for another year. The first step to protecting workers is in the process of the Registration, Recognition and Certification Board (RRCB). The process recognition and certification is tedious and detrimental to all workers. This process should be immediately replaced with a worker friendly process. Further the matter of book-keeping and office management is a matter for the Ministry of Labour and the body responsible for monitoring the Registering of Trade Unions. This should be separated from the Industrial Court and the Recognition and Certification process. In addition, employees who desire to be non-financial must NOT benefit from the fruit of the negotiations. They should be paid according to the old agreement, with NO access to arrears. Debarring a trade union from recognition because of a minor infringement of forgetting to dot the “i” or crossing the “t” exposes the worker to an extended period of abuse for three years at minimum. The delay of years following an application is an act of official victimisation to the workers as named on the application. I ask for the following to be considered, “within given timelines”. New applications An application, day one, is made by at least twenty-five percent of the workers of a bargaining unit for recognition of a trade union. This application must be accompanied with an application fee equivalent to a one month contribution for each employee, as stipulated by the respective trade union for each employee on the application form. The stipulated monthly contribution of the trade union must remain valid for at least one year. Within seven calendar days, the RRCB must inform the employer of the application and request that the employer validate the status of the employees and the percentage as applied. An employee is any person who has been providing services for three continuous months, within the bargaining unit. Within seven calendar days, the employer must inform the RRCB of the validation of the list of employees on the application form and the percentage as applied. Within twenty-eight calendar days of the first application, the RRCB and the employer must inform all employees and the respective trade union/s of the date for electing a trade union. This date must be during the eighth week (day 50-56) following the application. The employer must furnish all trade unions and the RRCB with a list of all of the employees within the respective bargaining unit on the first working day of the seventh week (day 43). Any other trade union/s that wishes to be part of the process must also submit an application before the end of the fifth week (day 35) following the first application. This application must consist of twenty-five percent of the employees of the bargaining unit with an application fee equivalent to a one month contribution for each employee, as stipulated by the trade union for each employee on the application form. Within seven calendar days of other applications, the RRCB must inform the employer of the other applications and request that the employer validate the status of the employee and the percentage as applied. An employee is any person who has been providing services for three continuous months, within the bargaining unit. Within seven calendar days, the employer must inform the RRCB of the validation of the list of employees on the additional application form and the percentage as applied. If only one trade union has made an application, that trade union will be declared the recognised trade union, on the first working day of the sixth week (day 36) by the RRCB. The results of the election must be declared within twenty-four hours of the election or on completion of a recount. A recount must be requested within twelve hours of the completion of the first count and must commence within twenty-four hours of such a request. Where more than three trade unions are involved and none received at least 50% of the votes, there must be another election within fourteen calendar days, following the first election, involving the two trade unions with the most votes. There will be no further application for this bargaining unit for a period of three years, following the first application. Application to replace an existing trade union An application, day one, is made by at least twenty-five percent of the workers of a bargaining unit for recognition of the replacement trade union. This application must be accompanied with an application fee equivalent to a one month contribution for each employee, as stipulated by the respective trade union for each employee on the application form. The stipulated monthly contribution of the trade union must remain valid for at least one year. Within seven calendar days of the application, the RRCB must inform the employer of the application and request that the employer validate the status of the employees and the percentage as applied. An employee is any person who has been providing services for three continuous months, within the bargaining unit. Within seven calendar days of the application, the RRCB must also inform the existing trade union of the application and must state their participation in the election by day 35. Within seven calendar days, the employer must inform the RRCB of the validation of the list of employees on the application form and the percentage as applied. Within twenty-eight calendar days of the first application, the RRCB and the employer must inform all employees and the respective trade union/s of the date for electing a trade union. This date must be during the eighth week (day 50-56), following the application. The employer must furnish all trade unions and the RRCB with a list of all of the employees within the respective bargaining unit on the first working day of the seventh week (day43). Any other trade union/s that wishes to be part of the process must also submit an application before the end of the fifth week (day35), following the first application. This application must consist of twenty-five percent of the employees of the bargaining unit with an application fee equivalent to a one month contribution, as stipulated by the trade union for each employee on the application form. Within seven calendar days of other applications, the RRCB must inform the employer of the other applications and request that the employer validate the status of the employee and the percentage as applied. An employee is any person who has been providing services for three continuous months, within the bargaining unit. Within seven calendar days, the employer must inform the RRCB of the validation of the list of employees on the additional application form and the percentage as applied. If only one trade union has made an application, that trade union will be declared the recognised trade union, on the first working day of the sixth week (day36). The results of the election must be declared within twenty-four hours of the election or on completion of a recount. A recount must be requested within twelve hours of the completion of the first count and must commence within twenty-four hours of such a request. Where more than three trade unions are involved and none received at least 50% of the votes, there must be another election within fourteen calendar days, following the first election, involving the two trade unions with the most votes. There will be no further application for this bargaining unit for a period of three years, following the date of the initial application. Bargaining Unit Discussions about the constituents of a bargaining unit must be completed within fourteen days of the application and if necessary, a maximum of a fourteen-day period of delay is allowed. Penalties For each infringement by either the RRCB or the employer, a fine equivalent to the application fee as paid by the first trade union, must be paid to the first trade union. For every further twenty-eight day period of delay, the RRCB will pay a fine, equivalent to the application fee as paid by the first trade union, to the first trade union. Such days are day 85; day 113; day 141; day169; etc. Contribution The employer must deduct from ALL employees within the bargaining unit, the monthly stipulated contribution of the recognised trade union, regardless of the pay structure of the employee, whether weekly-paid or monthly-paid. This total monthly contribution, together with the list of employees, must be submitted to the registered office of the recognised trade union within the first seven days of every month. Failure to submit this payment within the stipulated period will result in a fine equivalent to the total monthly contribution. This follows a complaint by the recognised trade union to the RRCB, within seven days of the infringement and must be adjudicated by the RRCB within seven days of the complaint. This fine is to be paid before the last working day of the month and accumulates for each month thereafter, beginning on the first day of the following month. Each infringement requires a separate complaint. Membership All employees are to be considered members of the recognised trade union. The employer is thus required to deduct the trade union dues from the salaries of every employee, within the bargaining unit. Employees have the right to indicate, in writing, to both the employer and the recognised trade union that the said employee does not wish to be considered a member of the recognised trade union and also that the trade union dues are not to be deducted from the salary, with full knowledge of the consequences of withdrawal of membership from the recognised trade union. (see non-membership) Non-members Non-members are not entitled to the terms and condition of the present and existing agreement. Non-members are not entitled to any arrears. Once an employee is deemed a non-member, the salary immediately reverts to that of the previous agreement. All arrears that were paid to the employee based on the existing wage agreement will be retrieved and given to the trade union to be presented to a charity of the trade union’s choice. A non-member who changes status will, after the period of TWELVE consecutive monthly contributions, receive current salary will no entitlement of arrears. This can be paid directly to the Trade Union as a retroactive lump-sum to immediately receive current remuneration, with no arrears. Scenario: Medical Officers in January 2017 are receiving 2015 salaries based on the 2009-15 package. Non-members will in January 2017 receive the 2008 salary. If an agreement is reached in December 2017 for the 2016-18 period, the non-member will receive the 2015 salary in December 2017. No arrears to be paid. Full Membership - This employee presents an Application Form to the Trade Union. The Trade Union informs the Employer of the status of Full Membership. The employer remits the full membership dues to the Trade Union. The employee has full access to the additional benefits provided by the Trade Union. Partial Membership - This employee does not present an application form to the trade union. The employer deducts the full membership fee from the employee. The Trade Union receives 2/3 (66.67%) of the deduction. A charity to be nominated by the Trade Union will receive the other 1/3 (33.33%) of the deduction. The employee does not have any access to the additional benefits of the Trade Union. Non-Membership - The employee informs both the Employer and Trade Union, in writing, of refusal to be a member of the Trade Union. The employee receives the Terms and Conditions of the previous negotiation. The employee will receive no arrears. Any arrears paid to the employee during the current bargaining period will be retrieved and allotted to the charity fund of the Trade Union. Itinerary – New application • Day 1: First application submitted • Day 8: Last day for RRCB to contact employer • Day 15: Last day for Employer to reply to RRCB • Day 28: Last day for RRCB to declare date of election • Day 35: Last day for application of other trade unions • Day 42 Last day for RRCB to contact employer about further applications • Day 43: Last day Employer to submit list of names of all employees within the bargaining unit to RRCB and all trade unions involved • Day 49 Last day for Employer to reply to RRCB about secondary applications • Day 50-56: Election NB: A maximum of a fourteen-day delay to discuss constituents of a bargaining unit, if necessary. Election must be held on a working day, within Monday to Friday. Day officially ends at 03.00pm Itinerary – To replace an existing Trade Union • Day 1: First application submitted • Day 8: Last day for RRCB to contact employer and existing trade union • Day 15: Last day for Employer to reply to RRCB • Day 28: Last day for RRCB to declare date of election • Day 35: Last day for existing trade union to declare interest in the election Last day for application of other trade unions • Day 42: Last day for RRCB to contact employer about further applications • Day 43: Employer to submit list of names of all employees within the bargaining unit to RRCB and all trade unions involved • Day 49: Last day for Employer to reply to RRCB about secondary applications • Day 50-56: Elections NB: A maximum of a fourteen-day delay to discuss constituents of a bargaining unit, if necessary. Election must be held on a working day, within Monday to Friday. Day officially ends at 03.00pm Philip Ayoung-Chee [email protected]