“Why would all of us agree to have her elected as (GTUC) President and then work to undermine her?”
The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) has responded to its former President Gillian Burton’s charges against it and is asking whether she has been promised another Parliamentary seat.
This is according to current President of the GTUC Norris Witter who said that Burton is “still reeling from a broken promise by the People’s National Congress Reform that she would be given a Parliamentary Seat”.
“When this did not materialise, she sought to tag along with the late Winston Murray in his challenge for the leadership of the party in the hopes that he too would have granted her a parliamentary seat.
Murray fell ill and died and Burton subsequently jumped ship again, this time supporting former PNC Finance Minister Carl Greenidge when he contested the leadership of the party.”
Witter emphasized that it was not out of love for what Murray stood for that she decided to join his camp.
The GTUC president says that Burton has openly expressed disappointment with not being the recipient of a parliamentary seat that some women were promised in 2006.
“She said that promises were made to women in the PNC and these were never fulfilled…what she said openly is that she was promised in 2006 a parliamentary seat.”
Witter claims that her “grasshopper mentality” was influenced by the fact that she was on the receiving end of broken promises.
“She saw this question of getting a seat drifting away from her…maybe she saw the only chance of getting a seat is joining up with the PPP/C.”
According to Witter, Burton will be sorely disappointed now that she has crossed over the Peoples Progressive Party Civic and will soon realize that the limited seats that they will have available already has a long line of successors before her.
Speaking to her claims that it was members of the executive of the GTUC that stymied her work as GTUC President, Witter dismissed it as “dishonest and nonsensical.”
He questioned why the persons that were instrumental in her taking office would seek to undermine her once they succeeded in ensuring that she secured the GTUC top spot.
According to Witter, it was Lincoln Lewis, whom she seeks to chastise now, who recommended that she be elected president of the GTUC.
Witter said that it was based on Lewis’s recommendation that she gained the widespread approval of the GTUC executive and was elected the first female President
“It was Lincoln who virtually recommended her for the Presidency…when she was recommended by Lincoln none of the officers opposed….we all supported Lincoln’s recommendation”
“Why would all of us agree to have her elected as President and then work to undermine her?” asked Witter.
He suggested that Burton believed that the Union Body was a gravy train but did not realize that when the Guyana Agricultural & General Workers Union and some others left the grouping, coupled with the withdrawal of the subvention, then it would be in financial trouble.
“After realizing that it was not a gravy train, that seemingly led to some level of frustration for her,” Witter stated
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