Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley is calling on the leadership of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) to come clean on talks it has been having with Government, and all it knows about pending layoffs of public servants.
Referring to a reported statement yesterday by NUPW President, Walter Maloney, about success in reducing the number of workers to be sent home under Government’s retrenchment plan, Mottley questioned his source of figures that were not previously made public.
She suggested they knew about layoffs before Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler announced the layoff plan in a ministerial statement in Parliament last month.
“People would have concerns when the president of the National Union of Public Workers said that they have reduced the numbers from 6,000 to 3,000 … but that the general secretary of the NUPW said that they have had no previous discussion other than what took place in the environs of the ministerial statement, when only the 3,000 was called,” the Opposition Leader said.
“So where was Mr Maloney meeting with the Government, such that he knew about 6,000 and that he feels that he has achieved something. And he must explain this to the public, not to me, not the Labour Party, but he must understand that that is why people now are so nervous about every statement that is made in their interest on the part of the unions.”
Mottley made the comments as she addressed a People’s Assembly at the St Christopher School last night.