“Tell Mitchell we want we money, Tell Mitchell we want we money” was the chant of workers at the Boulogne Propagating Station at St. Andrews as they protested on the streets of St. George on Tuesday.
Field Officer of the Bank and General Workers Union, Joseph Mitchell said the workers had staged the protest in defiance of what they considered unfair treatment of the government which refuses to pay them the 3% & 4% increases for 2013, which all other public workers have received.
Mitchell believes that if the workers have sacrificed like everyone else they must enjoy the same benefits. He said the workers are dissatisfied and were showing their disgust by protesting on the streets. He added, they want the government to address their problem and have it resolved because the workers have families who depend on them.
The field officer explained that they were promised the monies some time ago and to date, no payment has been made to them.
In 2009, the government took over responsibility for paying salaries at the Boulogne station. The workers lament that since then there have been many salaries increases to other entities but nothing for the workers at Boulogne. Mitchell believes the government’s intention is to return the workers to the Grenada Cocoa Association under which entity they worked before 2009.
He stated that the union submitted proposals for workers at Boulogne since 2013 and four years later the workers have not benefitted from any increase. Rather they have been told that the GCA would have to be consulted before they get any increase. Mitchell hopes the matter would be resolved soon.