Duke in favour of 50% attendance for public servants, but said rotations must be well organised

Duke in favour of 50% attendance for public servants, but said rotations must be well organised

Public Services Association (PSA) president, Watson Duke, said in light of the current Covid figures, he is in support of government’s decision to have public servants reduced to a 50 per cent office attendance on a rotational basis.

That change was among the new regulations announced by the Health Minister on Wednesday, to curb the recent increase in Covid19 cases.

The other regulations included no public gatherings for entertainment and concerts, places of worship being reduced from 50 to 25 per cent and weddings and funerals being limited to ten people.

Duke said reducing the public service to 50 per cent attendance on a rotational basis “is an initiative in the right direction.”

But he said, “It it does not go far enough. Rotation cannot be done willy-nilly. It cannot be done based on spasms or knee jerks.”
“We do not want to have a situation where one group of workers are exploiting the rotation while another group is being disadvantaged by it.”

He pointed out that in times past, one group benefitted tremendously from rotations, while some persons were not being rotated at all.

Duke has called on the Prime Minister, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh or another appropriate government minister to “direct the conversations in such a manner that it becomes a bilateral decision between the employer and the union representing the employees.

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