Government’s willingness to hold discussions with trade unions to resolve differences will make little head way if the movement sticks to its position of not accepting a five percent wage increase.

This warning comes from Planning Minister, Dr Bhoe Tewarie, during the weekly post cabinet news conference this afternoon.

Today several trade unions protested outside the Prime Minister’s St Clair office calling on government to give heed to their list of eight demands.

However, commenting on the issue Dr Tewarie said if the discussions between government and the trade unions start off with the labour movement   focusing only on compensation the dialogue would suffer.

Meanwhile, Labour Minister, Errol McLeod, insisted its important trade unions refraining from negotiating in public through the use of the media.