The Public Service Union (PSU) is endorsing the New Democratic Party (NDP) for the November 5 general elections. Elroy president Elroy Boucher outlined the position last Monday, October 26.
Speaking at the PSU’s headquarters in capital city Kingstown. Boucher blasted the Unity Labour Party (ULP) government for not accepting an invitation to talk on “issues which have been plaguing the Public Service and workers for the past 25 years.”
Boucher praised the NDP for listening to the Union, and disclosed that President Dr. Lorraine Friday is committed to rectify the situation.
The Union leader condemned the ULP, called for an end to its victimisation, nepotism, and cronyism, and contended that he had “never encountered a more repressive regime.”
He accused the government of disregard for Trade Unions, Court Orders and workers.
“You are not getting anywhere with the government,” Boucher lamented.
And as he chided the ULP for its tardiness in arriving at a decent package deal for workers, he urged, “Vote for the respect of the Collective Bargaining process,” positing that “a change will ensure protection of wages.”
Towards that end, the PSU president encouraged members to put their interests first and “vote for the NDP who will address all the issues.”
Represen-tation on Boards of the Public Service, including the Public Service Commission and NIS in particular , is expected to receive serious consideration by an NDP government, Boucher said, adding that current board members are “lackeys” who do not represent workers’ interests.
He questioned usage of NIS money for hotel construction and called for reform as it relates to pensions, but insists there must be “transparency.”
His desire is to see measures in place that would make life comfortable for pensioners, and he is buoyed by the NDP’s assurance in this regard. For him the ULP is not concerned about those who have worked.
In closing, the President reminded union members that there is “one chance in five years,” and appealed to the 2,500 strong membership to “vote for a change of government.”
The president was supported by executive colleagues Joel Poyer and Prudence Jeffrey.