The statements of Finance Minister Colm Imbert regarding wage retrain for public sector workers remains a hot topic of discussion today even after he attempted to clarify the matter.
Yesterday Minister Imbert said Government plans to exercise wage restraint by offering unions zero percent for the years 2017 to 2020.
He later called a news conference to say that there is no wage freeze in effect and the figure of zero was only a starting point in the negotiations.
At 2 pm the National Trade Union Centre is planning a news conference to deal with the issue.
We are also informed that at 3:30 pm, Chairman of the Joint Trade Union Movement, Ancel Roget will make statement to the media on the matter.
Meanwhile another Union is calling for the suspension of the Finance Minister.
President of the Public Services Association Watson Duke is describing the recent comments by the Finance Minister irresponsible.
Speaking on the Power Breakfast Morning show on Power 102.1 fm today the PSA Head revealed that he felt a seasoned politician like Colm Imbert would have done a much better job in treating with the public’s finances.
He said that this was especially so as there were representatives from other territories present.
Opposition MP and Trade Union Leader for Couva South, Rudranath Indarsingh says the Minister of Finance statements is an insult to the people of Trinidad and Tobago.
In an interview with the Power Breakfast Show on Power 102.1fm this morning Indarsingh weighed in on the contentious issue of wage retrains for public servants. He also criticized the Minister for choosing the IMF Forum for releasing such a message.
He said that the PNM Government now has the responsibility of leading the people of this country and leadership demands that you engage the population and stakeholder on all matter of public interest.
MP for Couva South, Rudranath Indarsingh