– calls for removal of Council
The University of Guyana Workers Union and the Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA) yesterday upped the ante as they intensified their industrial action calling for the removal of the current council.
Representatives from the UGWU and the UGSSA started a march yesterday in the compound of the University campus around noon yesterday.
Dr. Patsy Francis, President of the UGSS, told members of the media that currently as it is, the administration has no power and they will do everything to ensure that this changes.
“The problem is that Compton Bourne, who is a Guyanese and who is the chairperson of the Council, has never responded to any of our questions or any of our appeals. He has never asked to speak with us so we are saying that he must go. We want a new council.”
Francis said that UGSS is calling for a new group of persons interested in the University’s business; persons who have the University’s best interest at heart.
“We want people with the capacity, the character, the experience and persons who are able to run the university, this is not a cake shop or a trading post, this is a high institution, we need a good leadership”.
Meanwhile, in a press statement the UG Administration said that they remain committed to meaningful dialogue. According to the statement the Unions’ recommencement of industrial action is because a scheduled meeting of the Negotiation Team was not held due to the lack of a quorum, and their statement of June 18 noted that it was the second time that the Administration had breached the Terms of Resumption.
“The Administration wishes to advise that there were nine items on the Terms of Resumption and the unions were referencing two – (i) resumption of discussions at the bilateral level on a monthly basis for the next three months and thereafter on a mutually agreed basis to discuss matters of interest and (ii) the Administration agrees to convene a meeting between the Unions and the Negotiating Team within one month of the submissions of their Memorandum of Demands for workers within their respective bargaining units.
Three meetings have been held since the resumption. There was a follow up meeting on June 19. A meeting scheduled for April 18 (three weeks after the first meeting) was not held and the UGSSA is aware of efforts to reschedule the meeting prior to the one held on June 8.”
It was stated in the release that in seeking better conditions of work and study, the right to pursue industrial action should always be seen as the last resort. Such action may have long term unforeseen consequences.
Since the resumption of work on February 27, the Administration believes that all parties have endeavoured to adhere to the Terms of Resumption and to work together.
The UG Administration said in the interest of cordial working relations, there are other means for the expression of any concerns the Unions have that may not renew tensions among the parties – Administration, Council, workers’ and student unions – and that will not detract from the collective efforts of achieving the desired objectives of improving the work and study conditions at the University.
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Caption: Representatives from the University of Guyana Workers Union and the Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA) during their industrial action yesterday.
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