(Dominica News Online) Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has proposed what he described as a ‘conversation’ with trade unions and other bodies in Dominica to discuss the issue of public sector wages and the realistic capacity of the government.

The meeting carded for April 24 will discuss the “workings and realities of the Dominica economy,” what is practical and what is not, he said at a town hall meeting in Laudat on Wednesday night.

The government and the trade unions, such as the Dominica Public Service Union and the Police Welfare Association, have been at odds over salary negotiations for the 2015-2018 triennium. The government has proposed a wage freeze for the period but the unions have flatly rejected the offer and are showing no signs of backing down.

According to Skerrit, he is all for trade unions and the protection of the rights and freedom of workers, however other matters have to be taken into consideration.

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