Labor Minister Peter David, says he is not in a position to comment on the status of wage negotiations between government and the Public Workers Union.
The last communique from government indicated that the matter has been referred to the ministry of labor for conciliation by the labor commissioner.
The union has since denied the “deadlock status”. On Monday union officials told our news desk that since then, there have been no updates.
Minister Peter David in addressing the issue on Wednesday, said he is not in a position to comment on the issue.
David said he has no idea what the government will do and the decision is left up to the government.
He said he is not in a position to comment on what either of the parties may or may not do. As labor minister he says his interest is in industrial peace, and to ensure that both parties are satisfied.
Government in October said by law, negotiations should be concluded by October 31st, in order to be included in the 2020 budget.
David in response said in order to come to a resolution, both parties ought to live with something, and that is what negotiations are all about.
He’s sure that both parties will find a way to ensure that the people they represent are happy at the end of the day he said.