STATEMENT BY MR BASIL MANUEL, CHAIRPERSON OF THE INDEPENDENT LABOUR CAUCUS, REGARDING THE WAGE DISPUTE IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE: 2 APRIL 2015

“The intransigence of the State as Employer reached an all-time high yesterday when the Employer served copies of its dispute referral (regarding the wage negotiations) on the trade unions in the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC)”said Mr Basil Manuel, Chairperson of the Independent Labour Caucus (LIC) On Wednesday. What made it even harder to swallow is that this was on the very day of the major petrol hike. “What does the Employer expect the employees of the State to make of this – a poor wage offer and looming price increases”, asked Mr Manuel.

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