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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, January 6, 2016
The T&T Postal Workers Union
(TTPWU) has taken the manage-
ment of TTPost to court for what
it has deemed to be a violation of
good industrial practices after
claims that increases in salaries
were signed off on without the
approval of the union.
The union s president, David
Forbes, said the matter was filed in
the Industrial Court in Port-of-
He said Section 40 of the Indus-
trial Relations Act stated that the
union was the recognised body to
negotiate on behalf of the workers.
But, Forbes said, this was not the
case when increases were granted
to middle managers and upper con-
tract workers last month.
For the managers, he said, the
increase would have been as much
as $3,000 while the contract work-
ers would have received between
$2,000 and $1,500 in increases.
"TTPost should not have gone
ahead and increased the salaries for
the workers because we were already
engaged in discussions with the
management and workers. The
workers agreed to a point but they
had some concerns.
"Some of the concerns include
how the increases were applied...was
it a percentage increase? We do not
know because some employees got
a higher increase than others. There
was also a blank position with
workers getting any allowances,"
He said all the union was seeking
was the continuation of collective
"Some workers are not happy
with the percentage increase and
inside of that are proposals to deal
with other terms and conditions
including hours of work and over-
"All this is what we would have
to sit down and discuss and man-
agement went ahead and say how
many working days to be given for
vacation. They also did not treat
with sick leave," Forbes said.
Last month, TTPost managing
director Reynold Baldeosingh said
the management received an offer
from the CPO on December 8, via
the permanent secretary, for salary
increases to middle management
and other supervisory staff.
"The letter clearly stated that the
CPO did not recognise the TTPWU
as the bargaining union for the peri-
od 2011 to 2014. This information
was submitted to the union in writ-
ing together with the offer for the
staff. The management did not
make a direct offer to the 17 staff
(members)," he said then.
Baldeosingh added he was aware
that the union subsequently held a
meeting with the relevant staff and
conveyed the CPO s offer.
He later said the other approx-
imately 950 workers received a 14
per cent salary increase in Octo-
Industrial action looming
At a press conference last month,
workers said they were also forced
to sew mail bags with gaping holes.
An order was made since 2014
for new bags but only half were
delivered recently, Forbes said.
He said even umbrellas were not
supplied in a timely manner.
Workers would also be meeting
on Saturday to discuss what action
the union intended to take.
"We have given the management
enough time to say what they
intended to do and have written
several letters but to date we have
gotten no reply," Forbes added.
He said the union also sent a let-
ter to management yesterday asking
how it intended to treat with the
seven per cent cut in government
spending as announced by Prime
Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
Workers, Forbes added, were also
fearful for their jobs.
Contacted yesterday, an official
of TTPost said the company had
no comment to make at this time.
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Postal union heads to court over managers' pay raise
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goes through the
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at the band's
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