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GUYANA | PNC flays gov't for dismissal of workers in Labour Day Message

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA, MAY1, 20212 -  One of Guyana’s major opposition parties, the People’s National Congress, PNC, says the party is not pleased with the inhumane treatment meted to workers by the Irfaan Ali administration, as manifested in the dismissal of hundreds of public servants. 

In a message to mark Labour Day 2021, the PNC noted the administration’s refusal to meet with public sector workers’ unions to negotiate wages and salaries for workers. In addition, the PPP government has failed to prevent further dismissals and to provide employment for youths.

In extending greetings to the country’s workers, for Labour Day, the PNC  pointed out that “the Trade Union movement this year will commemorate the centenary of the enactment of the Trades Union Ordinance on 18th June 1921 in British Guiana. A century is a long time in our history. Guyana applauds the historic achievements of the trades union movement to improve the working and living conditions of workers over the years.”

“The Labour Movement, despite the progress it has made, however, will be celebrating Labour Day at a time of increasing economic uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the nine months of the PPP administration, hundreds have lost their jobs and incomes. In addition to the growing unemployment and under-employment, severe cuts to social services, and the rising cost of living have worsened conditions for many ordinary citizens,” the opposition party said.

“The PNC said it was “ disappointed with the inhumane treatment meted to workers as manifested in the dismissal of hundreds of public servants and the administration’s refusal to meet with public sector workers’ unions to negotiate wages and salaries for workers.”

“The PNC takes this opportunity of Labour Day to recognize the efforts of the working people who have toiled in the offices, fields, factories and the services sectors to advance national development,” the message concluded.

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  • Countries: Guyana

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