May 19, 2013 News
….reiterate call for GPL investigations
The Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) and the National Association of Agriculture, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) are convinced that there is need for substantial investments to be made for the smooth running of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL).
They are however convinced also, that stringent measures need to be put in place before the $5.2 billion cut from GPL is returned.
“Taking into consideration ongoing discussions with our members employed at the Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) and GPSU dialogue with top management, and recognizing the constraints that impact on the effective operations of the GPL, the Guyana Public Service Union and the National Association of Agriculture Commercial and industrial Employees (NAACIE) are convinced of the need for substantial investment for GPL to function more reliably and effectively in the delivery of electricity.”
The Unions who both represent workers of this critical public utility said they are of the view that, “the restoration of funds cut from the 2013 Budget should be effected but with certain stringent conditions.”
The Unions recognized the need for transparency in the operations of GPL, “and top management of the company should be more inclusive and accommodating to other managers and staff.”
The workers’ union opined that a cohesive managerial approach is imperative if the GPL is to be turned around.
“Unlike the Prime Minister, the Unions (GPSU & NAACIE) do believe that within GPL there are management deficiencies. The situation is also compounded by the facilitation of irregular discretions and waivers selectively.”
GPSU and NAACIE therefore insist that there is the need for an investigation into GPL’s operations and that the investigation panel includes nominees from GPSU and NAACIE.
The Unions are also of the view that the Board of Directors of GPL needs to be restructured. A nominee from each of the Unions (GPSU and NAACIE) should be members of the Board as existed previously.
“Effective participation by the Unions at this level could be a first fundamental step in the identification and correction of management deficiencies.”
The workers’ union related their desire to have discussions with all political parties to explore ways to enhance the competence and efficiency of GPL to deliver nationwide electricity.
“We believe that inputs from the concerned political stakeholders will facilitate subsequent understanding and entity with respect to GPL’s challenges.”
Patrick Yarde, head of GPSU, told Kaieteur News that the management of GPL is a very serious issue. “We cannot play politics.” The union head urged that everyone suffers when there is a “black out” and an earnest approach needs to be taken to address the issue.
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