GB Social Workers Demand Govt Attention
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Social Service workers in Grand Bahama staged a protest at noon on Wednesday, calling for the government to address a myriad of issues they face in the workplace.
In an effort to get the attention of the government, they marched in the parking lot, holding placards and singing, “Solidarity forever.”
Vice President of the Public Service Union Latoya Cartwright said despite its many issues, the government refuses to negotiate with the union
“Industrial agreements remain outstanding. They are lacking assistance. Some of them have been working without water, no hazardous pay, no risk insurance. Matters are outstanding and the government is refusing to come to the table.”
Cartwright added that the president of the union has tried calling and emailing those responsible in government, but to no avail.
When asked if it was a wise move by the union to demand monies during a time when the country is facing economic difficulties and deficits are low, Cartwright asked, “If not now, then when?
“These persons have been working during the pandemic, serving the community. The time is now.
“I want this government to know they are not employed by themselves. The people employed them. We employed them to do a service and we expect them to do it.” she said.