UG enters fifth week of shutdown


By Jomo Paul

The standoff between police and students last Friday.

[] – Today, Tuesday February 24 signals the fifth week since classes have been suspended at the University of Guyana (UG) Turkeyen Campus.

As the shutdown continues, students have blocked the main entrance to the campus as was done previously.

The enduring suspension of the classes is owed to a strike orchestrated by the workers through their respective unions – The University of Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA) and the University of Guyana Workers Union (UGWU).

It is also in a large part due to the current #UGRevolution organized by the University of Guyan Student Society (UGSS) which is demanding better learning facility.

Over the past weeks the strike action by the workers has taken many turns which included a march from the gates of the University to downtown Georgetown.

Last week, Minister of Labour Dr Nanda Kishore Gopaul told iNews that the Ministry held a successful meeting with the University’s unions to explore different methods of bringing the industrial dispute to a halt.

“We are supposed to communicate to each other sometime this evening….we are exploring possibilities. Now it’s time to talk about ending the strike,” said Dr Gopaul.

He explained that subsequent to receiving this information, the Ministry will contact the administration of the University with the view of a resumption of normalcy at the University.

The student action is continuing as they say their concerns were merely “cosmetically addressed” by the University’s administration.Last Friday tensions escalated at the University with a standoff between students and police.