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T&T public sector workers protest 4% wage offer

Thousands of workers in Trinidad and Tobago took to the streets in the capital on Friday deploring the Keith Rowley government's offer of a four per cent salary increase as an "insult" and vowing to step up their actions in the coming days.
 
The workers grouped under the umbrella Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) said they were disrespected by the government's four per cent offer, as articulated by the Chief Personnel Officer (CPO) as the final offer.
 
Leroy Baptiste, President of the Public Service Association (PSA), told the marches "we have a war to win and it could only be won with you".
 
Last month, Prime Minister Rowley told a news conference that it would cost the government an estimated $2.5 billion in back pay alone to cover the four per cent wage increase.
 
The unions had originally rejected an initial two per cent offer over an eight year period – 2014-2021.
 


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