26 September 2023

GRENADA: Union demands answers on PS sackings

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A leading trade unionist has called on the Grenada Government to explain why several Public Servants on the dependent islands of Petite Martinique and Carriacou have been transferred or dismissed since it came to power.

President of the Public Workers Union (PWU), Brian Grimes said he had heard “disturbing reports from the sister isles of what we will coin at this point as blatant victimisation”.

“From the end of July to now we have received those reports and right now they are coming in weekly,” Mr Grimes (pictured) told a news conference.

He said that in one instance, five women had either been transferred or fired and none had ever been disciplined verbally or otherwise in recent times.

Mr Grimes said some of the workers had allegedly engaged in political campaigning at the June General Election, while others had been accused of misconduct that could bring the Public Service into disrepute.

Accusing the Government of malice and mischief, the union President called on Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Tevin Andrews to explain the situation.

Mr Grimes said that during the election campaign, Prime Minister, Dickon Mitchell and his National Democratic Congress party had campaigned on the theme of cleanliness, peace, unity, and development.

“You cannot condemn acts of political victimisation on your political platform and when you are placed in that same position and then have a hand in it, or turn a blind eye once you are in power,” he said.

The Government has so far not responded to the allegations.

Saint George’s, 23 August 2022

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