There will be no public service retrenchment in this country – at least not until December 31st. This is one of the moratoriums agreed to by the Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley and members of the Joint Trade Union Movement. The met yesterday at the Office of the Prime Minister in St. Clair.
Oilfield Workers’ Trade Union president general Ancel Roget told the media that coming out of the meeting the most pressing issue discussed was that of retrenchment if the trade unions should return to the National Tripartite Advisory Council. Mr. Roget said the Prime Minister agreed that his Government would place a moratorium on all retrenchment until December 31 of this year. Roget made it clear that if Government should break its promise, it would be “war and all hell will break loose.”
Another issue that was brought to the fore, Roget said, was the amendment of the Retrenchment and Severance Benefit Act and the Company’s Act, which will now be brought urgently to the Parliament agenda. He noted the need for better accessibility to line ministers and said coming out of yesterday’s meeting, the Prime Minister gave the assurance that those ministers have been instructed to meet with the Labour Movement.