By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) has expressed some amount of disappointment with the decision taken by the APNU+AFC government to increase the salaries of Ministers and Vice Presidents by up to 50%.
General Secretary of the GTU Coretta McDonald in an invited comment, expressed the disappointment; noting that it doesn’t sit well with the Union since workers were given as little as a 5% increase in salaries.
“The GTU; we are quite disappointed…the government has seen it fit to award themselves 50% increase while awarding a meager teachers and workers a 5% increase,” said Mc Donald.
The General Secretary is hoping that good sense would prevail among the politicians and there would be some reconsideration of the increases offered to workers.
“We are hoping that good sense will prevail and they would revist the increases given to teachers and come December teachers and workers will be given another increase in their salaries,” she said.
State Minister, Joseph Harmon had posited that if the government wants to get the best out of its officials then, paying them well would be sure way to go.
“We have to pay people well if we want them to perform. I am not going to say that I make any apologies whatsoever for Ministers getting increase in salaries, they deserve it.”
But Mc Donald said that the labour force is equally important.
“If we don’t cause the wheels to turn then the government minister’s cant look good and just the same way you see yourself as being important; you see yourself as being quality professionals the teachers are quality professionals too,” she noted.