Former telecoms workers picket OP over pensions
‘Unfortunately this is where we are today at a protest with a hope that they would hear us. We have before tried to engage the former President Jagdeo, President Ramotar, Mr. Brassington but we were unsuccessful time and time again. Had it been a GuySuCo issue, it would have been addressed and completed but we don’t look like GuySuCo. We don’t look like GuySuCo, so they don’t have respect for us. The government doesn’t care because we don’t look like them’ -Lennox Skeete, former Maintenance Manager at GT&T
Scores of former telecoms workers demonstrated in front of the Office of the President yesterday in a bid to get their rightful pensions and benefits.
“It’s a rape of workers’ rights… more than two dozen pensioners have already died waiting for this to be resolved,” one of the demonstrators contended.
The former Guyana Telecommunica-tions Corporation (GTC) and Guyana Telephone &Telegraph Company (GT&T) workers were demonstrating for an increase in their pension and also for pension and benefits promised to them since 1990 by the government through the Finance Ministry.