[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) says it rejects any political interference in the ongoing strike by its staff as it wants the “spirit of negotiations” to continue and follow due process.
A statement from the GGMC last evening noted that the Management along with the Board of Directors continued in its effort to take a number of initiatives to address this issue.
It was noted that the first of such initiatives was a meeting which was held with the Union, Commission and the Ministry of Labour to have intervention by the entity responsible of labour relations.
The GGMC employees are calling for a 35% increase in their wages and salaries.
“The recommendations of the Ministry of Labour were that the Union and workers should cease its strike action and resume work whilst allowing for the continuation of the negotiating process; this initial intervention proved futile and the industrial action continued,” GGMC stated.
According to the press statement, the second initiative was a meeting between the Board of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission and the Leadership of Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) so that the Union can articulate the issues surrounding and leading to the current impasse and industrial action and efforts made to resolve it.
“At this engagement the Union was advised that the proposal for staff remuneration in 2014 was modified to reflect payments based on functions and performance rather than across the board payments.
“It was agreed that given the information provided by the Board, the Union would revert to its membership and in the spirit of ensuring that the impasse be overcome, the industrial action would be ceased and staff/Union resume negotiations. It was also agreed that the Union would formally communicate to the Commission its position by 10:00 hrs on the 19th November, 2014.
“Unfortunately, the industrial action continued on the 19th November, 2014 and a second meeting was subsequently held between the Union, Commission and the Ministry of Labour where the Chief Labour Officer (CLO) outlined specific terms and conditions as is customary for such situations.”
It was noted that GGMC Management following a second meeting with the Board of Directors approved the payment of an interim 8% for all staff for the fiscal year 2014.
“The Union however, advanced a different position that would lead to the resumption of duties and this was not supported by the GGMC Management’s or the Ministry of Labour. As a result the Union once again requested time, to consult with its membership on the new developments.”