UG staff calls for financial audit during protest

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Workers attached to the University of Guyana (UG) have called for an audit into the university’s spending as they claimed that monies are unaccounted for.

This called was made at a protest organized by the University of Guyana Workers’ Union on Tuesday at the Turkeyen Campus.

The workers also claimed that the tertiary institution pays for accommodation, food and travel for “experts” but when questioned, no proof is provided on their specific area of expertise.

Some of the employees at the picket line earlier today

In addition, the employees took the opportunity to complain of the inhumane working conditions as sections of the university is infested with bats and other harmful pests.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith told media operatives that the University had an agreement with the Unions to have conciliation and was surprised that they took industrial actions.

He however, stated that the University has met with the Social Protection Ministry’s, Department of Labour on several matters.

Just recently, a lecturer took to her Facebook page to condemn the move by the institution which reportedly introduced austerity measures from Feb 1, 2019.

According to the lecturer, monies is being wasted on lavish dinner parties, talks, lectures, first class flights, and high priced hotels.

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