[www.inewsguyana.com] – Union leaders are so taken up in promoting their own agenda that all the gains made over the years by women are slowly eroding.
This is according to member of the Women Affairs Committee of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), Kathy Fowler.
While addressing the GTUC Labour Day Rally in the place of the Chairwomen of the Committee, Fowler told the union and political leaders gathered that the real issues of women and how they are being treated in today’s world seem not to be an issue of priority to the leaders.
The trade unionist questioned whether the leaders are really concerned about the issues of domestic violence, poverty, sexual harassment on the job, human trafficking and discrimination among others which affect the women population daily.
Fowler told the rally that more than fifty percent of the work force in Guyana is made up of women and the issues and challenges they face daily are overwhelming.
Another area of concern to the women arm of the trade union is the conditions under which female security guards work at private security firms. The issues of no guard huts, poor physical infrastructure and inhumane treatment are matters the trade unionist wants addressed.
Fowler questioned whether the Trade Unions Congress is really in a united position to address the issues of the working women. She went on to suggest instead that trade union leaders are uniting to oppress women and whenever they stand to speak out against the oppression, they are victimized by the very union leaders.
The Guyana Trades Union celebrated their Labour Day activities under the theme “Uniting around Issues for Labour and National Development.” [Leroy Smith].