The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) has stated that the removal of Minister Simona Broomes from the Labour portfolio could not have been informed by her high level of performance since she was given responsibilities for that sector.
“This news comes as a shock since the trade union movement and employers who desire to comply with the rule of law never expressed dissatisfaction in the minister’s performance. Neither was the opinion of the trade union community sought as it relates to her performance,” the Union stated in a press release.
The GTUC said that the minister’s record of achievements within the short time has been one of acclaimed. “Workers and employers committed to the rule of law had a trusted ally in her. The workers of this country have lost someone who was prepared to champion justice. Responsible employers have lost a minister who was prepared to work with them in upholding their responsibility.”
In further expressing its dissatisfaction over the move, which is yet to be formally announced by President David Granger, the Union noted “the nation is witnessing the loud mouthing of concepts like ‘inclusionary democracy’ (Article 13 in the Guyana Constitution) and ‘national unity’ but the question needs to asked how can this be achieved when there is contempt for these principles, instruments and institutions.”