‘Be­trayed’ GPSU plans mil­i­tancy over im­posed pub­lic ser­vant wage hikes

Stabroek News Sunday - - WEEKEND MAGAZINE -

Break­ing its week-long si­lence on the gov­ern­ment’s an­nounced im­po­si­tion of wage hikes for pub­lic ser­vants, the Guyana Pub­lic Ser­vice Union (GPSU) yesterday said it was “be­trayed” by the David Granger-led ad­min­is­tra­tion and union pres­i­dent Pa­trick Yarde de­clared that only “sig­nif­i­cantly stepped up mil­i­tancy” will change the work­ers’ des­tiny of “pep­per­corn salaries” and “un­ac­cept­able con­di­tions of ser­vice”. Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence held at the GPSU’s Head­quar­ters in Ge­orge­town, Yarde blasted the APNU+AFC ad­min­is­tra­tion for de­liv­er­ing “more of the same” to pub­lic ser­vants, in­clud­ing a dis­re­gard for the col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing process, but he would not com­mit its mem­bers to any form of in­dus­trial ac­tion. “The en­trenched of­fi­cial dis­re­gard for the prin­ci­ple of col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing re­mains a re­al­ity and the take it or leave it un­der­pin­ning that has cus­tom­ar­ily in­formed wages and salaries ne­go­ti­a­tions re­mains in vogue,” Yarde said. Nonethe­less, he main­tained that the union’s ex­ec­u­tive would not move for a strike or any other in­dus­trial ac­tion with­out con­sen­sus from its mem­bers.

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