Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says prosecutors employed to DPP office are expected to resume normal duties Monday
Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says prosecutors attached to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions who had taken industrial action are expected to resume normal duties on Monday, July 24.
The workers who remained off the job on Thursday and yesterday are upset about the lack of response from the Government regarding concerns with wages and other matters.
Mr Chuck told IRIE FM news this morning (July 22) that following discussions with the Director of Public Prosecutions, it was stated that the prosecutors will return to work on Monday.
He added that they have been urged to refer their grouses to the recognized bargaining group – The Legal Officers Staff Association (LOSA) – which would direct those concerns to the Finance and Justice Ministries.
The prosecutors’ protest action had disrupted operations at courts in at least seven parishes, resulting in several cases being rescheduled.
These protesters refer to themselves as the “Concerned Prosecutors at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions” and are not the official lobby group.
LOSA which represents all members of the legal profession employed by the Government, including prosecutors, is the recognized bargaining group.
Following the prosecutors’ industrial action, Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke explained that LOSA already raised concerns and requested a meeting, and was informed that given the schedule of meetings with other groups, his Ministry would not be able to accommodate them for some time.
Dr Clarke has indicated that he will only engage in wage talks with the recognized bargaining group.