A joint rally will take place for the first time in 17 years, where President David Granger and General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) Clement Rohee, are expected to address participants on May 1, 2016.
At a press briefing on April 28, 2016, General Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), Lincoln Lewis said he believes that this move will help to strengthen the trade union movement in Guyana. “We believe that the time has come for us to work collectively to stem the erosion of workers’ rights by positioning ourselves to address transgressions collectively”.
President Granger has commended the trade unions for taking such a step. “I expect the union leaders to sincerely sit down and work their differences out, in the interest of the working people. So I support the move and I hope that lasts beyond the first of May”.
The parade will commence at 7:30am from Parade Ground Georgetown and will culminate at the National Park.
In the meantime, Rohee will be speaking on behalf of Party Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who was initially invited to the event, but is unable to attend.
In the past, the then President and several of the Government Ministers would usually attend the May Day Rally organized by the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG), while the GTUC’s rally would be attended by Executives of the then Opposition – People’s National Congress Reform (PNC/R) and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).