– Questions whether President Ramotar is asleep
There is the belief that only protest action will get the government to fulfill its mandate to citizens. Hence, health care workers at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) have vowed to continue their peaceful protest until their voices are heard.
The workers have also threatened to ‘down tools’ if the government does not pay attention to them. “What can you do with five percent? Are these people serious? It is time for Ramotar to wake up,”
the staffers posited yesterday.
Workers at the health institution, including security guards, laboratory technicians, nurses and maids started protesting two Fridays ago outside the Accident and Emergency compound to register their disapproval of the five percent pay hike public servants have been offered for this year.
The announcement of the increase was made by Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon.
Nurses’ representative of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU), Kempton Alexander yesterday told Kaieteur News that it was decided by staffers at an internal meeting held at the hospital last Thursday that the protest will go on until their demands are met.
If the government continues to neglect public servants, Alexander said that the health care workers will down tools.
“The staff at the hospital will be protesting for two hours every day instead of one. Those who are on lunch break from 11-12:00hrs will come out and support us while the ones who get their break from 12-1:00hrs will join us later,” Alexander stressed.
Dave Parasram, an orthopedic technician at GPHC said, “Five percent is nothing. When you collect your salary, pay your rent and bills you have nothing left and when they give you the five percent they take back three percent in tax.”
Another staff member at the health institution told Kaieteur News that it is time the President do something for his people. “Did we make a mistake by selecting Ramotar as our leader? Is he sleeping? Who really is running this country,” the protesters queried.
Some of the placards read, “Stop wasting millions on expired drugs and gave us a decent wage”, “Public servants need better pay”, “Highway robbery, where is public servants money?”, “How long must we suffer for an increase?.”
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