…says PPP/C reneged on its commitment for over 18 years
As the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) continues its bid to secure a liveable wage for the public servants of Guyana, the workers’ union is calling on the Government of Guyana to honour the 1999 decision of the Armstrong Tribunal.
According to letters which were sent to the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Public Service, Reginald Brotherson, by the GPSU, the 1999 decision had resolved the issues of de-bunching and payment of increments.
These are issues which the union had registered as being critical to reaching an agreement on an acceptable wage scheme for public servants. The GPSU explained to Brotherson that the union and the then government had agreed that the judgement of the Tribunal were final and binding.
Additionally, the Union informed the permanent secretary that the People’s Progressive Party Civic administration had reneged on its commitment to honour rulings of the Arbitration Tribunal for the past 18 years.
The Union explained that the refusal by the PPP/C to respect the agreement resulted in economic suffering and deprivation of enhanced crucial aspects of the welfare needs of families, due to displayed executive lawlessness and abuse of power.
The Government was reminded that the issue of increments was also supported by the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (APNU-AFC) coalition, while in opposition and since coming into office, and commitments were given to resolve the matter.
Based on these premises the Union is calling on the Government to expeditiously agree to a formula for de-bunching and for a process of reintroducing annual increments so that these matters can be urgently addressed and implemented.
On Friday last, the GPSU’s Executive Council and the Union’s negotiating Team had been instructed by its General Council to observe the rules of the legally binding Agreement between the Government and the Union for the Avoidance and Settlement of Disputes and return to the bargaining table after the Union had expressed its dissatisfaction with the state’s ‘final offer’.
The government had made a 10% to 1% differentiated salary increase which it described as its final offer. The Union made public the details of the proposed offer calling it an absurdity.
According to the government, the differentiated approach sought to provide the greatest relief to public servants within the lower salary bands of the Public Service Wages and Salaries Structure.
The Union, however, had proposed for salary increases spread across a three-year period. It also took into consideration inflation and therefore proposed that for the three years there shall be an additional increase as determined by the Bureau of Statistics.
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