City Hall workers protest delay of July salary
In what has become a norm, workers of City Hall yesterday picketed the Mayor’s office demanding their July month salary.
Clarence Whitehead, Field Officer of the Guyana Labour Union, who was also present during the protest exercise which was held on the compound of the City Hall building, said the situation with salary has become overbearing.
“We have an understanding that salaries are paid on the 25th of every month. However, if for some reason this cannot be done the Council must by way of writing inform the union and its workers of same.”
Whitehead said it was only on Monday that a circular came out about the late salary.
“This is ridiculous with the current economic issues already facing persons. These things are unfair and not to mention that a new school term is approaching and people need their money.”
Whitehead said the workers do not intend to take the matter lightly.
“No pay no work,” Whitehead said. He further pointed out that earlier in the day he received word from the Town Clerk that she was awaiting a response from the Minister of Local Government.
Meanwhile, at around 15:00 hours yesterday Mayor of Georgetown Hamilton Greene said that some workers did receive their salary as the Town Clerk was in the process of writing out cheques as fast as monies were available.
Over recent years, the cash-strapped City Hall has been experiencing difficulties paying workers for services already rendered. On a number of occasions waste disposal operators were forced to suspend their services over non-payment by City Hall.
The council has also stated that all of their efforts to generate revenue have been frustrated by the government.