The labour movement is sticking with its position that government had plans to retrench workers in the public sector.
Ancel Roget, President General of the Oilfield Workers Trade Union highlighted this stance during a News Power Now interview on Friday.
The union leader was at the time responding to a statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister.
It said the statement attributed to the Leader of the Joint Trade Union Movement that the government had planned mass retrenchment of public sector employees at this time and that this was staved off by Labour’s request for a moratorium on this action, is absolutely misleading.
The media release noted that it was always Labour’s contention that Government was engaging in mass layoffs even though that was not true and the Government was at pains to point out that its actions were the opposite and meant to keep as many persons employed even as the country’s finances posed a serious challenge to this objective.
It added that notwithstanding this factual situation Labour insisted on asking for a moratorium until December on something that was neither occurring nor was it planned at this time.
Government said it is very disappointed that its efforts at engagement with Labour intending to build trust and cooperation in the national interest can be so easily undermined by self-serving and misleading representation of the facts.
However, Mr. Roget in giving his side of the story presented a difficult scenario.