GPL still to meet wages rate sought by GPSU, NAACIE
The Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) and National Association of Agricultural Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE), the two unions representing workers at Guyana Power and Light (GPL), have rejected the Company’s offer at negotiations for wages and salaries.
The unions collectively claim that GPL is not addressing the various aspects of workers’ conditions and is contending that this attitude of management is a violation of ILO Convention numbers 98 and 151 which speaks about the right to be organized and Collective Bargaining.
GPL and NAACIE reportedly submitted proposals to GPL since early this year but did not have any responses to meet until during last quarter.
GPL moved away from the Collective Bargaining process in 2007 and has just been putting offers to the two unions to either accept or reject. The Unions were promised resumed negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2012 but this did not materialize. Again, they are saying the same thing.
According to the unions, GPL made an initial offer to return to the conditions within the Collective agreement which provided for there to be an automatic three percent in scale increment each year and the award of increments based on performance appraisal of staff to a maximum of ten percent together with the offer of one per cent increase in salaries across the Board.
The Unions’ positions were that the conditions within the Collective Agreement could not be part of Management’s offer since it was a feature of the Collective Labour Agreement. It therefore left Management’s offer being one per cent across the Board which the Unions rejected and proposed between eight and ten per cent, the payment of the automatic three percent in scale increment from January 1, 2013.
At a subsequent meeting, Management advised that the Board had withdrawn the offer and made a second and final offer of five percent all inclusive. The Unions rejected the second offer which does not address equity and years of experience and creates bunching.
Both unions signaled intention to continue to meet in negotiations and call on GPL to “respect the Collective Bargaining process.”