Public Servants to storm city streets in mass protest against 5% increase

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President of the GPSU, Patrick Yarde. [iNews' Photo]
President of the GPSU, Patrick Yarde. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) is looking to commence mass daily protest in Georgetown beginning Friday, December 20 until the end of the year.

The Union has written to the Guyana Police Force indicating its interest and seeking permission for what it says will be peaceful protests/marches throughout the city.

GPSU in a release noted that the intended route for this exercise is from its Headquarters (160 Regent & Shiv Chanderpaul Drive, Bourda, Georgetown) along Regent Street to the junction of Vlissengen Road, South along Vlissengen Road to the junction of Vlissengen Road and Brickdam, West along Brickdam to the junction of Brickdam and High Street, North along High Street into the Western side of Main Street to the junction of Main and Lamaha Street, East to the junction of Lamaha Street and Eastern Side of Main Street South along the Eastern side of Main Street into High Street to the junction of High Street and Regent Streets, East along Regent Street back to the GPSU headquarters.

These activities would be held daily except for Saturdays and Sundays.

The union is protesting against Government’s move to pay a five percent increase in wages and salaries to public servants.

As a matter of fact the union and workers have been protesting for weeks now against the rise and has demanded between a 15% – 25% increase. However, these protests and demonstrations have not caused the Government to change its proposal.

The Administration maintains that it can only afford a five percent and has since made payouts in that regard. Opposition Political Leaders have since said that monies were approved in the National 2013 Budget for the Revision of Wages and Salaries, insisting that the increases should be at least 15% and called on the government to provide explanations in this regard.

Calls were also made for the Government to re-engage the union in the bargaining and negotiation process all of which is yet to be done.

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