By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – As the annual May Day rally culminated and marchers assembled at the office of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) on Woolford Avenue, an overwhelming call was sounded for the labour movement to stand firmly behind the APNU+AFC coalition.
The Guyanese electorate is scheduled to head to the polls in 10 days and GTUC General Secretary, Lincoln Lewis made it clear that May 11 will define Guyana’s future.
According to the veteran trade unionist, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is no longer fit for the post it occupies hence they should be removed by the power of the vote.
“The Ramotar regime do not qualify for reemployment…and it is you who must tell them that….they have not worked according to their job description… They have not worked in the interest of their employers,” said Lewis.
“I voting to get rid of them, leh deh guh quick…you got to write your own story; don’t allow Jagdeo and Ramotar cabal to write it for you,” he added.
He said that the PPP has engaged in “wanton lawlessness” pointing out several perceived wrong doings of the government during its 23 year tenure.
“We must not have a PPP government or an APNU AFC government, we must have a government of Guyana…the PPP/c must account the APNU AFC must account…we hire them, we pay them and we can fire them,” said Lewis.
“If you do not support them they will dehumanize you, demonize you and criminalize you before they destroy you….the threat of violence is becoming more frontal,” said Lewis referring to the PPP.
Meanwhile, GTUC President Leslie Gonsalves pointed out that while the trade unions are traditionally politically aligned, they are still relevant.
He urged those gathered to understand the dynamics of politics and take unionism and grasp the impact that it will have on their individual lives.
“We are not voting chance, we are voting change,” Gonsalves told the crowd.