Cleansing of Contract Employees looms

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By Kurt Campbell

Opposition Leader, David Granger
Opposition Leader, David Granger

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The opposition coalition- A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) –  has pre warned the government that monies allocated to pay contracted employees will come under intense scrutiny, as the consideration of the 2014 budget estimates continue.

Opposition Leader, David Granger told reporters on Friday, April 11 that his Party will be looking to ensure that persons who are paid as contracted employees under the public sector and makes no contribution in that regard are removed.

He said this is in a bid to ensure that monies are paid to people who are doing the work and making a contribution to public administration.

Granger said “I know there are contracted employees who have no place in the public sector but are being paid with public funds but to improve public administration we will scrutinizing this thoroughly.”

The Opposition Leader contended that this may also be a heading where the government may look to conceal money or use money for purposes not intended, while also accusing the administration of keeping money intentionally away from the national purse.

In 2012, the combined opposition voted to cut $150M from the Office of the President proposed budgetary allocations for contracted employees.

In 2013 however, contracted employees escaped cuts. Their faith this year will be known when the consideration of estimates continues next week.

The Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) had said that it was opposed to contracts being awarded to persons against positions that exist on the permanent pensionable establishment of the public service, as it renews call for scrapping this form of employment.

The GPSU said too that it is opposed to the discrimination in pay, which results from the personalized manner contract employment is implemented.

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