GPSU to up fight against 5% hike
…but still to decide on industrial action
The Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) yesterday signalled its intention to intensify its struggle against government’s imposition of a 5% wage hike on public servants although no decision has been made as yet on industrial action.
“We are prepared to be civil[ly] disobedient,” GPSU President Patrick Yarde told a news conference, while warning that the government will be responsible for the fallout from such actions.
Yarde said that it was “disturbing” that the 15% increase catered for in the national budget has been slashed significantly, especially in light of Guyana’s inflation rate and he noted that roughly 30% of what will be given will be taxed if a worker’s salary is above $50,000.