GPSU softens stance on ‘deadlocked’ wages talks

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first_img… now calls for non-legally binding mediationThe Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) has called the wages talks with Government “deadlocked”, rejecting the ‘final offer’ of one to 10 per cent; however, the Union has since softened its stance and has now invited Government to conciliation.Conciliation is considered a type of mediation which unlike arbitration – an option also open to the Union – does not have any legally binding force.GPSU President Patrick YardeThe public servants bargaining body on Friday held a meeting with its Executive Council at which a unanimous decision was taken to “communicate to the Chief Labour, Occupational Safety and Health Officer of the Social Protection Ministry, Department of Labour, the Union’s wish to enter into conciliation in the matter of what is now a dispute between the Union and the employer in the matter of wages and salaries increases for public servants for 2016.”The Union in its statement announcing its decision restated its position that Government’s expressed ‘final offer’ is unreasonable and unacceptable and to state further that it considers the matter deadlocked since the September 14, 2016, between teams representing the Government of Guyana negotiators and the GPSU.According to the statement released by GPSU, it was related that its Executive Council has expressed its “serious concern over the seeming insensitivity and absence of a sense of urgency on the part of the employer in dealing with the various other outstanding associated with public servants’ emoluments including de-bunching, increments and allowances.”The Union has also adopted a position that “the Government of Guyana appears to be reneging on its commitment to have separate negotiations for wages, salaries and allowance for semi-autonomous agencies.”Only recently, the GPSU in its bid to have Government return to the bargaining table in order to negotiate a better deal warned that Government be guided by history, inclusive of the 1999 strike which lasted for 57 days and which that led to arbitration over the deadlocked salary talks.GPSU at the time accused government of horse-trading over its publicly stated position that it will go ahead and make an arbitrary award in face of the Union’s refusal of the differentiated 10 per cent to one per cent salary increases for public servants.GPSU President Patrick Yarde at the time sought to remind the parties that formed the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government, that it had campaigned on a promise to pay public servants decent wages/salaries.The GPSU’s announcement that it has called for conciliation instead of arbitration had come on the heels of a pronouncement by Business Minister Dominic Gaskin who suggested that public servants in Guyana were in fact being paid more than their counterparts in many developing countries.Asked whether he believed that Government’s final offer to public servants was sufficient, Minister Gaskin responded saying, “sufficient is a difficult word.”He sought to explain saying, “Profits for business are never sufficient, you know, that is the nature of business.” According to Gaskin, “Businesses always need bigger and bigger profits and I assume that human nature is no different, we want bigger and bigger salaries every year if we can’t get it.”As such, Minister Gaskin posited that no wage increase would ever be sufficient, “it has to do more with what can be afforded.”The Minister was at this point asked if the Government’s final offer represented a ‘livable wage’ to which he responded “it depends on how we want to live.”According to the Minster, “In many countries, compared to a lot of countries, Guyanese earn considerably more than in a lot of developing countries, that doesn’t mean that it’s sufficient.”last_img read more


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first_imgIt seems that neither Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue and his rebellious cohorts in the House of Representatives nor the Executive branch of government seem to care that due to the impasse in the House the very government of Liberia has become paralyzed.This paralysis, which renders the GOL incapable of doing anything, is due to the fact that GOL has no money to operate or pay anyone anything because of the stifled budget hearings. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee cannot meet to discuss and approve the National Budget 2016/2017 because the Committee is divided.Part of the Committee is headed by the rebel Deputy Speaker, Hans Barchue, while the majority of the membership is headed by House Speaker Alex Tyler, who is supported by the majority of Committee members.The question of who is to blame almost seems irrelevant given the fact that the entire GOL is paralyzed because of the budget hearing impasse and there is no money to run the government, to take care of our national security—the Army, the Police or the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization—or even to run our health services and care for the nation’s sick and dying. This is far more serious than anything else.But what does that matter to the rebel Deputy Speaker, who is so interested in the Speaker’s job that he and his cohorts are prepared to defy the Liberian Constitution to accomplish their aims? The Constitution states that in order to remove the Speaker for any reason there must be a two-thirds majority voting in chambers. The faction headed by the Deputy Speaker and his cohorts has refused to submit to the gavel of the Speaker in order to try this vote; but has rather decided to hold their own session in the Joint Chamber of the Legislature, whose door they first broke down in order to enter. As we said in an earlier Editorial, that was an assault to the Upper Chamber, the Liberian Senate, which jointly shares the Chamber with the House.We call on all who read this Editorial also to read Counselor Tiawan Gongloe’s Op-ed Piece in today’s edition. All must read it, including the Deputy Speaker and his rebellious cohorts. They need to read it to realize that what they are doing is unconstitutional and therefore TREASONABLE. This warning alone should immediately end this stalemate in the House and return to the status quo ante, which means that until he is removed by a two-thirds majority vote, Speaker Alex Tyler is the only constitutional presiding officer in the House of Representatives. No one else! It is most unfortunate that the Executive branch of the government has decided to do business with the rebel faction, which is also a clear violation of the Constitution. Stop playing with fire, we once again caution the Executive. Clearly, the entire government is in crisis. You are talking about the Legislature itself, meaning the Senate and the House, as well as the Executive which, because of its dangerously unconstitutional interference in Legislative matters—more specifically its internal feud, is now embroiled in the self-made budgetary crisis.Alas, even the Judiciary, too, the third branch of government, is also involved because the matter was brought before it by the Speaker seeking protection but the High Court failed to deal forthrightly with it. Why did the Court not take a decisive action to help the first branch in its internal feud? After all, the High Court is the interpreter of the law of the land and it is clear to most people that Deputy Speaker’s faction was—indeed is—in contravention of the law by splitting the House into two instead of following the Constitution and pursuing a two-thirds vote in the House to remove the Speaker for alleged wrongdoing. Alas! the Executive, by its own overweening intervention in matters beyond its constitutional scope, has itself contributed to the legislative crisis that has resulted in this viciously stalled budget hearing process, by which the very Executive has become very seriously embarrassed—and so has the country, the people and even their security. Deputy Speaker Barchue, end your rebellion—you and your cohorts and return to plenary—the one House plenary provided in the Constitution. That is the only way forward.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgDonegal County Childcare Committee staff Oran Sweeney and Avril McMonagle delivering gifts collected for the Percy Appeal to Anne McGettigan, Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service. Pic Clive WassonThe staff team at Donegal County Childcare are delighted to reveal the final tally on the Presents for Percy Appeal is a massive €14,000.All donations have been distributed within County Donegal to help a staggering 130 local families in need of a little help with meeting Santa requests for their children this Christmas.Avril McMonagle, Manager of DCCC said today: “The Presents for Percy Appeal was under pressure from the word go as the request lists from families more than doubled for Christmas 2012. “But the team upped their efforts and thanks to a range of individuals, agencies, local businesses and early childhood services the final tally also more than doubled the 2011 total.”Over the past week the DCCC team have purchased a range of toys and vouchers to match the Wishlists of 130 families and approximately 400 children.Due to unprecedented demand from parents, the appeal also purchased a range of vouchers for food and clothes that can be used in local stores.To ensure that all donations are targeted to those most in need of support, all purchases were distributed through local agencies all over the county including Parentstop, Cara House, Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service; Letterkenny Womens Centre, Action Inis Eoghain, St Vincent de Paul Falcarragh, Castlefinn, Stranorlar, Mountcharles, Clonmany, Killygordon, St Johnston Family Resource Centre and a number of individual parents and families who approached DCCC privately. DCCC would like to thank all those who supported the appeal – regardless of how large or small your donation it made a real difference, your efforts will ensure at least 400 smiles this Christmas morning! A public acknowledgement of all those who helped us out will feature in local press in the New Year. Percy with Donegal County Childcare Committee staff as they deliver gifts collected for the Percy Appeal to Pic Clive Wasson  CHRISTMAS ‘THANKS’ AS PERCY APPEAL RAISES MASSIVE €14,000 was last modified: December 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:000CHRISTMAS ‘THANKS’ AS PERCY APPEAL RAISES MASSIVE €14last_img read more