UGSS concerns “cosmetically addressed”; Unions plan full strike for today

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By Jomo Paul

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The University of Guyana Student Society (UGSS) says it is not impressed by recent efforts of the university’s administration to improve the aesthetics at the Turkeyen Campus.

In a release to the media, the UGSS said that the concerns were merely addressed in a cosmetic manner which is not enough.

“We are not mislead by the recent immediate attempts to cosmetically address our concerns. We remain steadfast in our stand to ensure sustainable improvements at the University of Guyana” said the release signed by UGSS President Joshua Griffith.

Griffith also made it clear that despite UGSS being noticeably absent from recent strike actions, the student body remains committed to the cause of the lecturers and even more now given the need.

He said “the UGSS continues to acknowledge and support all your efforts. We remain supporters of your cause. It is a just cause.”

Meanwhile, a joint release from the UG unions noted that the Berbice Campus went on strike as of Tuesday and is expected to continue today.

“I am pleased to report that 90% of UG staff at Berbice campus heeded the strike call today [Tuesday] notwithstanding the unethical intimidation tactics reportedly employed by the AO,” said the joint statement.

The release also indicated that a full strike is planned for today at UG’s main entrance. The statement noted that “although the VC [Vice Chancellor, Professor Jacob Opadeyi] would want to suggest that the situation is returning to normal, we know that the overwhelming majority of classes are not being held. As one student put it on Facebook, ‘UG is like a morgue.’”

The members who have since returned to their posts are being asked to rejoin fellow workers on the protest line today.

“Along with senior personnel in the Department of Software services, you are compromising the integrity of the SRMS. Do not allow your professionalism to be compromised,” the statement read.

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