The Opposition New Democratic Party is calling on this country’s Government to return to the bargaining table with the unions, in accordance with the Government’s obligations under ILO Conventions and with historic practice in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The call came from Leader and President of the NDP, Dr. Godwin, following a meeting yesterday between the Executive of the SVGTU at Democrat House, led by President Ms. Wendy Bynoe and included past President Mr. Oswald Robinson and several other members of the Executive, at the invitation of the Leader of the Opposition and Party President, Dr. the Hon. Godwin Friday.
In a release, Dr. Friday said it is now better informed about the problems confronting the teaching profession and regards the purported imposition by the Government of a 1% salary increase, as an affront to the Union and to the bargaining process and stands solidly behind the unions in their efforts to represent their members.
He added that the NDP considers it a shame – that a Government, which considers itself a labor government, would intentionally obstruct and disregard the collective bargaining process.
The release further said that the government should also respect the bargaining process and engage in respectful and good-faith negotiations with teachers and public servants.