Public Service Union Joins NTUCB in Demanding Minister of Labor’s Attention to Workers’ Rights

Public Service Union Joins NTUCB in Demanding Minister of Labor’s Attention to Workers’ Rights

The Public Service Union is joining the NTUCB in calling on the Minister of Labor to do his job. The unions are up in arms over what they say is a deliberate undermining of workers’ rights. On Wednesday, the NUTCB raised concerns over the Tripartite Body, which has not met in over a year. The group works to promote tripartism including the certification of Trade Unions, enforcement of Collective Bargaining Agreements, and coordinating the recognition and enforcement of ratified ILO Conventions. PSU President, Dean Flowers, explained that, in his opinion, labor-related issues have not been taken seriously under the current administration.

Dean Flowers, President, Public Service Union: “The Ministry of Labour, which used to be a substantive ministry, was transformed into like a stepchild. So you went from the Ministry of Labour to now the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Local Government, and then if you look at the logo, they have a lee “labour” at the bottom. And I said this from day one and I will continue to say it, I’m not pleased with the attitude of the government towards labor. There’s a lot of conventions that we have signed onto that we are yet to ratify. I don’t see any urgency on behalf of the Minister of Labor or the new Labor Commissioner to address with these things. I myself, and this gives me an opportunity to remind her that I myself wrote her on the issue of some of the conflict between the ILO Convention 158, the conflict between the Constitution Section 5 I believe which guarantees us equal protection under the law and how the general workers regulations contradict the very Constitution. And to date, while she was kind enough to grant me a virtual meeting, to date I have not received a formal response which I’ve requested from her perhaps going on six months now. So it’s unfortunate the way how we’re treating with labor, how the government treats with labor, but all is not lost. We’re here today to have a conversation with the government which involves and includes labor and we can only hope and pray that with time, with much agitation, things will get better.”

We will keep following this story.

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