Some 20 workers at the Public Services Association (PSA) are concerned by a decision by its president Watson Duke, to mandate they go on ‘vacation leave’ at this time. As they see it, the move is his way of terminating them.
Duke said the decision to send the workers on leave was in keeping with the association’s collective agreement with the Banking, Insurance and General Workers Union (BIGWU) to ensure all employees use their vacation time.
He said workers were not allowed to carry over leave on a yearly basis and said he was going to “clean up” operations at the union by ensuring members got value for money.
“We have had workers here with 60 days’ leave and they have not taken any for the year. We have therefore caused all workers who have leave in excess to go on their leave with effect from today.”
However, the staff who were sent on leave were among those that Duke has had issues with in the past.
In fact, the PSA President attempted to terminate their services at the union before, but they were successful at the courts to retain their jobs at the union.