Jun 08, 2012 News Comments Off on Granger restates support for higher salaries for public servants
Opposition Leader Brigadier David Granger has called on the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration to implement fully the recommendations of the Armstrong Tribunal that was established after the eight-week Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) strike in 1999.
Granger, addressing public servants on the occasion of their Union’s 89th anniversary, pointed out that the administration’s adversarial attitude to the GPSU had been harmful to national development, institutional strength of the service and personal wellbeing of public servants. He said that no government could function without a professional public service and no public service could function if it was demotivated, demoralised and depressed, and it would be in the public interest for the PPP/C to alter its approach to working with the GPSU.
The Opposition Leader congratulated the Union on its struggle over nearly nine decades to overcome the impediments of decades of discrimination during the colonial era and of alienation over the past 20 years by the PPP/C administration. He also assured Union members that APNU was committed to bringing the abuse of contracts by the PPP/C administration to an end.
“Engaging public servants on contracts, instead of career employees, was clearly intended to diminish the viability of the Union and undermine the independence and impartiality of the entire service,” Granger asserted.
Quoting the words of a former union official Leslie Melville who described public servants as “the employed poor,” Granger said that the public service today is under siege. “It is under-resourced, underequipped and underpaid.”
He disclosed that, although A Partnership for National Unity had recommended increased salaries for public servants in its budgetary proposals, it fully respected the Union’s legitimate right to collective bargaining with the administration to secure higher salaries and better conditions of work for a good life for all public servants.
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