Our achievements

The new PSA is about leading change.  A singular vision and an innovative approach to delivery.

In 2008, the new PSA forged a unique approach to bargaining. Instead of isolating issues and dealing with them one at a time, we circumvented the politicking and institutional delays by putting everything on the table at once. We have had measureable and unprecedented success with tremendous benefits to our membership.

Because of our strategy, we are no longer positioned as 'the working poor'. We have considerably improved work conditions and compensation for every member of the PSA. Over the next four years, we commit to making it even better. Through the Job Evaluation Exercise and the Market Survey, Public Officers would realize, just as their counter-parts in Airport Authority and Civil Aviation, a fundamental improvement in their standard of living.  Coupled with expanded membership services and our work-life balance .

Our successes are unprecedented in the history of the PSA and we're confident that we will gain even more ground in the years ahead. Between 2009 and 2013, we have achieved the following:

Job Security

  • Stopped the Dismantling of the Central Statistical Office, Forestry Division and Local Government.
  • Stopped the Dismantling of the Board of Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise which were earmarked to become the Trinidad and Tobago Revenue Authority (TTRA).
  • Stopped the Dismantling of the Water and Sewerage Authority which was earmarked to become two distinct Authorities, the Water Authority of Trinidad and Tobago and the Sewerage Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Stopped the Dismantling of the Licensing Department which was earmarked to become the Motor Vehicle Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.  This matter is raising its head again and we shall deal with it decisively.
  • Unfroze the hold placed on the HR function in the Public Service thereby permitting persons to be appointed.
  • Secured the retention/continuation of all contract employees at the Water and Sewerage Authority who were earmarked to be sent home in September 2011.
  • Secured the re-instatement of twenty-nine (29) dismissed employees at the Water and Sewerage Authority.
  • Secured the Permanent Appointments of:
    Over eight thousand (8,000) public servants, an exercise which continues;
    Hundreds of WASA employees;
    Regional Health Authority employees;
    Scores of Central Statistical Office workers;
    Officers of the T&T Bureau of Standards.
  • Secured an agreement to engage in a restructuring of the Water and Sewerage Authority to enable contract employees to receive permanent employment.

Income Security

  • Successfully negotiated the implementation of a Job Evaluation exercise at the Airport Authority which resulted in our members receiving increases in their salaries ranging between 40% and 100% in the 2008 to 2010 collective bargaining period.  Members also enjoyed substantial retroactive payments of between $30,000.00 and $75,000.00.
  • Successfully negotiated the implementation of a Job Evaluation exercise at the Civil Aviation which resulted in our members receiving increases in their salaries ranging between 30% and 120% in the 2008 to 2010 collective bargaining period.  Members of the Civil Aviation also enjoyed substantial back pay of between $30,000.00 and $350,000.00.
  • Successfully negotiated salary increases for our members at NIPDEC in the 2008 to 2010 collective bargaining period with an average increase of twenty-three percent (23%).
  • Successfully negotiated salary increases for our members at N.I.B. with an average increase of over twenty-three percent (23%) for the 2008 to 2010 collective bargaining period.
  • Successfully negotiated salary increases for our members at the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) with an average of eleven percent (11%).
  • Successfully negotiated the settlement of an outstanding issue of a Discomfort Allowance for our members at WASA resulting in payments ranging between $4,000 and $50,000 per employee.
  • Successfully negotiated the introduction of family coverage to the Medical Plan for Public Officers.  This measure immensely improves the capacity of Public Officers to take care of their families as it relates to medical care. read more.)
  • Successfully negotiated the preferential treatment of Public Officers to access public housing.  To date, this measure has benefitted close to three hundred (300) Public Officers accessing government homes.
  • Successfully negotiated the commencement of a Job Evaluation Exercise and Market Survey for the Public Service.  This exercise will result in Public Officers salaries being in line with those of State Enterprises etc.  We look forward to the implementation of the results of this endeavour, similar to what happened with our members at the Airport Authority and Civil Aviation.
  • P.T.S.C. Monthly Paid employees received an increase of 23%.

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