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