NAACIE calls for GPL CEO’s removal
- says differences “untenable and irreconcilable”
The workers’ union at the state-owned Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) is calling for the removal of the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), citing an irreconcilable situation.
According to the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) yesterday via a statement, Bharat Dindyal’s “relationship with” and “attitude” to the union, the recognised bargaining agent for a significant proportion of the corporation’s workforce, has imposed an irreconcilable situation.
NAACIE represents a vital category of the employees attached to Operations and Transmission and Distributions (T&D) of GPL.
The union pointed out that over the last decade it has “endeavoured to compromise, negotiate and exist with the Managerial leadership of the Chief Executive Officer Bharat Dindyal, all within the tried and tested and negotiated framework of industrial relations principles and practices”.
Beginning in 2007, NAACIE said, the CEO has caused the November 2001 Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) to be breached.
“The issues, conditionalities and clauses were/are varied. From the issue of “Contracting out of jobs”, to the reduction of staff, to the current unfriendly payment of salary decision, the CEO’s every recent edict has served to undermine constructive company union engagement as well as worker morale,” NAACIE said in its statement.
Clause 52 which governs “contracting out of jobs which falls within the bargaining unit of the Union, without prior discussion and agreement with the Union” has been constantly violated with the full knowledge of the CEO, the union claimed.
NAACIE accused Dindyal of engaging in “the unsavoury practice” of “arbitrarily employing” workers from certain communities, following which GPL would then advertise for vacant positions despite the positions being filled.
NAACIE also blasted the GPL practice of considering the time spent by workers to uplift their salaries as lost days and Dindyal’s “imposition of no time off to collect or cash cheques but to use ATMs even way into night time”.
This, the union said, reeks of unconscionable non-consideration for individual workers’ circumstances. “The corporation is never considerate when workers pay is late as was frequently the case.”
NAACIE said that only three employees are in receipt of cheques for the Garden of Eden location while six have received theirs for the Victoria location.
The union claimed that there are other numerous grouses over the period 2007 to present. “NAACIE now calls for the removal of Mr. Bharat Dindyal as CEO of the GPL. Differences between his office and the union are now untenable and irreconcilable.”