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Trinidad & Tobago: JTUM suggests Ministers take lesser salaries to increase public wages

The Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) has accused Finance Minister Colm Imbert of borderline “executive interference” in the collective bargaining process.

This comes after the Minister told the Upper House on January 26 that salaries for government workers cannot be increased considerably at this time.

He was responding to Opposition Senator Wade Mark who cautioned him to instruct the Chief Personnel Officer to meet with trade unions and discuss the way forward given that several public sector negotiations have not been settled.

In response, Imbert said: “There will be consequences if there is a significant wage increase in the public sector and it is something the Government has to keep looking at very seriously and take into account the interest of all of the people of Trinidad and Tobago and the consequences that will flow within our very difficult financial circumstances.”

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