Employees attached to the Anna Regina Town Council, staged a protest yesterday morning, .clamouring for increase of wages and salaries. Labourers, security personnel and staff of the Town Council complained about not receiving any increase in wages and salaries since 2010, despite prior promises being made to them by the Town Council’s management.
Employees bore placards which read “No money, no work”, “This injustice must stop,” “All Ministers enjoying holiday with their family, but we can’t, cause there is no money to even buy sweets.” One employee said that the protest taken by his fellow employees will continue until agreeable negotiations are met between workers and management.
Senior Industrial Officer, Dennis English, and Mortimer Livan, traveled to the Essequibo Coast to stand in solidarity with the protesting workers.
Livan said, that workers have decided that they would continue to protest for an increase in salaries until they get some form of justice. English said that the situation facing workers has to do primarily with non-payment, late payment and workers being underpaid.
He said that the stated issues are known to the Local Government and Regional Development Minister, Norman Whittaker, who recently visited the Region to commission projects in the market. It seems like the Minister is more interested in gaining political mileage than rescuing the workers, he said.
English said that management is not making an effort to meet the workers’ demands. He argued that no worker should be made to suffer after they would have worked.
Meanwhile, vendors operating inside the Anna Regina Old market were locked out, due to the protest by workers of the Anna Regina Town Council.
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