Ramotar hopes for meaningful negotiations on public servants pay hike

President Donald Ramotar says he hopes this year’s wage increase to public servants will be preceded by meaningful negotiations with the relevant stakeholders.

For more than a decade the government has been imposing the annual wage increase to public servants without resort to bargaining with the main workers’ union. Instead, the government has continued to make the decision unilaterally, offering 5% per annum. The latest such decision was taken last year.

If the president’s optimism materialises, public servants may receive a more acceptable increase this year or, at least their union would have been part of the process which preceded the increase. Ramotar says that he would like to give public servants as much as can be afforded, and he hopes such negotiations take place as soon as possible.

Following an announcement last year by government that public servants would be paid a 5% increase, the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) demanded that government rethink its offer and threatened to take industrial actions if a higher increase was not offered.

Following statements by the government that 5% is all that can be afforded, GPSU President Patrick Yarde said public servants would stage several protest actions. These actions fell short of anything substantial and have since fizzled to nothing. Yarde, who was at the helm of efforts to get the increase raised, has not been heard from in weeks.

Several calls have been made to his office for an update but he has not been there to receive them.

Comments  

American Medical Institution not registered – NAC

The National Accreditation Council of Guyana (NAC) is advising the public that the American Medical Institution is not registered with the NAC as is legally required for post-secondary and tertiary educational institutions operating in Guyana.

City councillors vote for revised parking meter deal

Fifteen city councillors voted yesterday in favour of accepting the recommendations of the parking meter renegotiation committee, which would see a reduction in parking fees to $150 per hour, exemptions for religious organisations and schools, and Smart City Solutions (SCS) giving up on their claim to garage parking.

Soldier remanded over $5M armed robberies, gun and ammo

A GDF rank was yesterday remanded to prison over three armed robbery charges and alleged possession of an unlicensed gun and ammunition.

Trotman stoutly defends ExxonMobil investment here

Minister of Natural Resources and Leader of the Alliance for Change (AFC), Raphael Trotman on Monday praised ExxonMobil for investing in the oil sector here and said it is now resulting in other important companies wanting to do business here.

City cop for manslaughter charge

The city lance corporal, who on Sunday allegedly shot and killed Marlon Fredericks, a mentally-challenged vendor, after he reportedly attempted to flee custody is to be charged with manslaughter.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built stabroeknews.com using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now

×