NAACIE confident in wage hike for GPL workers
The National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) says that it is awaiting, with a great degree of confidence, the decisions of an Arbitration Tribunal.
The just concluded Arbitration enquired into the dispute between the Guyana Power and Light Inc and NAACIE with respect to increase in the wages/salaries for the year 2010, non-payment of annual increment for the years 2007 to 2010 and the performance incentive awards for the years 2006 to 2009.
NAACIE says it is assuring its affected membership of a fair decision with respect to the dispute primarily because of the reasonable soundness of its submissions to the Tribunal, as well as its confidence in the experience, reputation and integrity of the three Arbitrators, within the context of employees receiving conditions no less favourable prior to disputes.
NAACIE has pointed out to the concessions that it had already made in a 2001 pay structure agreement when the Company (GPL) had pleaded financial shortfalls.
The Union has never accepted the Company’s arguments and reasons for discontinuing payments previously agreed upon.
The Company’s reasons for its arbitrary cessation of payments to GPL workers represented by NAACIE included the usual claims of “fluctuating oil prices” and revenue shortfalls.
NAACIE stated that it is however, aware of grand expansion plans by GPL, subsidies by the Government and GPL’s reluctance to describe “surpluses as profits” and its declaration of profits from its annual report.
With now a significant increase in GPL customers the Company is not expected to renege on agreements unilaterally.
It is in keeping with these issues and expectations that NAACIE and its members will benefit mutually from the decisions of the eminent arbitrators.