Public sector unions in T&T warn of more industrial unrest

Public sector trade unions in Trinidad and Tobago on Friday warned the government to prepare for more industrial unrest as they led members in protest action against a two per cent wage offer for the period 2014 to 2021.
The National Trade Union Centre said it views the proposal as an act of economic violence and abuse against all government employees.
Leroy Baptiste, President of the Public Service Association, accused the government of playing games and paying little attention to its workers.
Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has defended the two per cent wage offer saying unless his administration borrows vast sums of money, it will not be able to afford the salary increases being sought by public sector trade unions.
Earlier this week, the Finance Minister said the government spends $19 billion or 40 per cent of total revenue annually to pay salaries.

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