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03/11/2016
Power102.1fm Trinidad & Tobago

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The government of this country is cutting off any semblance of hope. This is how one trade union leader says he feels, following the statements made by Finance Minister Colm Imbert yesterday at the IMF forum hosted at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain. Following public scrutiny of plans for an alleged wage freeze for the next four years, the Finance Minister yesterday clarified that he… [ 117 more words ]

http://news.power102fm.com/trade-unions-lash-out-at-the-government-watson-duke-accuses-government-of-stealing-hope-from-the-population-40991

19/08/2016

CALLING ALL PSA MEMBERS/PUBLIC SERVANTS:
Monday 29th August, 2016 is declared as a day of Prayer and Fast for PSA membership/ Public Officers from 6am to 6pm.
Everyone is expected to gather at the Eric Williams Financial Complex (Twin Towers). Come out in your numbers!!!

15/08/2016

CALLING ALL PSA MEMBERS/PUBLIC SERVANTS:
Monday 29th August, 2016 is declared as a day of Prayer and Fast for PSA membership/ Public Officers from 6am to 6pm.

Everyone is expected to gather at the Eric Williams Financial Complex (Twin Towers) in large numbers as we seek answers on Outstanding 2011-2013 Arrears and 2014-2016 Salaries and respective Arrears.

09/08/2016

Good Morning, PSA MEMBERS NOTE:

August 29th, 2016 is declared a day of Fasting and Prayer for PSA membership/ Public Officers from 6am to 6pm. Workers will gather by the twin towers in large numbers as we seek answers on Outstanding 2011-2013 Arrears and 2014-2016 Salaries and respective Arrears.

05/08/2016

Good morning Comrades, please be advised of a Mass membership meeting to address the current Negotiation Status for the period January 01, 2014 to December 31, 2016, carded for Monday 08th August, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. at the PSA Head Office Rooftop #89 Abercromby Street, Port of Spain.

28/07/2016
Elizabeth Williams

Elizabeth Williams

Psa President Watson Duke calls on Health Secretary Claudia Groome-Duke, to pay outstanding arrears owed to TRHA workers.
Duke met with workers earlier today, at the Scarborough General Hospital:

28/07/2016
Elizabeth Williams

TRHA workers call for their outstanding arrears. Workers are led by PSA President Watson Duke.

TRHA workers call for their outstanding arrears. Workers are led by PSA President Watson Duke.

Congratulations to our President on the official launch of his campaign for upcoming THA Elections in his hometown, Roxb...
07/07/2016

Congratulations to our President on the official launch of his campaign for upcoming THA Elections in his hometown, Roxborough, last Saturday. God speed Sir!

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21/06/2016

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10/05/2016
TTT Live Online

TTT Live Online

The Public Service Association is to file contempt of Court Proceedings against the Tobago Regional Health Authority for failing to reinstate three doctors who were suspended following investigations into the maternal death of Rose Gordon on the 1st January, 2016.

10/05/2016

Good Morning comrades tune in to CNC3 NOW! for live discussions with the PSA President.

28/04/2016

Good Morning comrades the President of the PSA will be live on WINTV at 6:15am...tune in!!!

19/04/2016
TTT Live Online

The President of the Public Services Association Watson Duke, accuses the government of ignoring the basic needs of citizens who aren't well off by removing the fuel subsidy.

The President of the Public Services Association Watson Duke, accuses the government of ignoring the basic needs of citizens who aren't well off by removing the fuel subsidy.

07/04/2016
TTT Live Online

TTT Live Online

Workers attached to the Division of Health and Social Services in Tobago staged a heated protest outside their Glen Road office on Wednesday morning, calling on the Health Secretary Claudia Groome Duke to ensure that their outstanding salaries and gratuity are paid to them now. The protest was led by the Public Services Association who ordered the employees to halt their duties until they receive their monies.

30/03/2016

The PSA extends greetings to the Baptist community on the occassion of Shouter Baptiste Holiday today in Trinidad and Tobago!

WASA's Collective Agreement for the period 2011-2013 has been signed off!
21/03/2016

WASA's Collective Agreement for the period 2011-2013 has been signed off!

Political Memes
21/03/2016

Political Memes

17/03/2016
Anisette Says Steel Plant Closure A Golden Opportunity

How is the closure of Arcelor Mittal a 'golden opportunity'???

A war of words between two labour leaders over whether or not there is a silver lining in the dark cloud that is the closure of Arcelor Mittal, leaving more than 600 people jobless.

17/03/2016
Anisette Says Steel Plant Closure A Golden Opportunity

Anisette Says Steel Plant Closure A Golden Opportunity

A war of words between two labour leaders over whether or not there is a silver lining in the dark cloud that is the closure of Arcelor Mittal, leaving more than 600 people jobless.

17/03/2016
Launch Of Tripartite Advisory Council

Launch Of Tripartite Advisory Council

Meanwhile, expressions of optimism from the Government, the business community and the labour movement that the new National Tripartite Advisory Council will bring an end to acrymonious labour relations in this country.

11/01/2016

The delay payment of backpay for RHA, NIB, ADB, PTSC, CAA and CDA workers threatens a reduction in workers purchasing power...given the TT $$ may be devalued and unscrupulous business men jack up the prices of goods and services before Labour can sit with Government and Business to determine a way forward so as to protect the vulnerable working class from poverty and financial annihilation.

Workers be on your Guard for the Government's deception....for when they shall be saying "peace and safety" they shall attempt to bring sudden financial destruction upon us (working class) while the insulate and enrich the bourgeoisie class...

Let's stay together and listen for when PSA gives the trumpet a certain sound before we join in the struggle in defence of the working class.

07/01/2016

Be viewing WIN Tv tomorrow, Thursday 7th January 2016 at 6:30am where our President would be live! Tune in!

PSA PRESS CONFERENCE:The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago should immediately commence the Tripartite di...
06/01/2016

PSA PRESS CONFERENCE:
The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago should immediately commence the Tripartite discussions that was scheduled to begin early 2016.

06/01/2016

PSA PRESS CONFERENCE:
The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago should immediately commence the Tripartite discussions that was scheduled to begin early 2016.

Given the impending drastic implementation of 200% increase Green Fund Levy, 200% increase Business Levy, the reinstating of Land and Building Taxes and the application of 12.5% VAT on once zero rated items...the value/cost of home rentals/ goods and services will sky-rocket .

The time for honest discussions is now among the Government, Trade Unions and Business. As a result of these pending talks the PSA has decided to call-off its "HUNGER MARCH" for Monday 11, January 2016.

04/01/2016

Tune in now to Sky99.5 fm for live coverage of our President - Mr. Watson Duke.

04/01/2016

Good morning to all Public Servants:

Tune in today at 6:30 a.m. to TV6 Morning Edition for live coverage of our President - Mr. Watson Duke.

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Good day.Is it true government going to cut public servants salary by ten percent?
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]