Wage Negotiations await completion of CoI

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President David Granger

Negotiations on Public Sector wages and salaries will not begin until the report of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Public Service sector has been submitted.

Speaking to media operatives on Thursday, President David Granger said, “we are waiting on the report of the Lutchman Commission. I don’t know when that will be presented but we felt it would be imprudent to proceed without the benefit of the advice of that Commission.”

The Guyana Government will be engaging the unions on wages and salaries before giving the annual increase which has become an expectation of public workers. In his presentation of the 2016 National Budget, Minister Jordan noted that the announcement of increased wages and salaries have to wait for the conclusion of negotiations with the relevant unions.

Following government’s agreement with calls from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to “moderate the growth of wages” General Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) noted that the same method which was used to increase Government Ministers’ wagers in 2015 should be used to decide public servants increases in wages

Lewis argued “when this administration paid cabinet and members of parliament increases in 2015, such were justified based on the Human Development Index (HDI). The government and its spokespersons in justifying the increases did not make an argument on the strength of the economy to pay. The argument they made was premised on social factors in the society. In fact, what the government did is used the factor in the HDI to pay themselves, but now it is conveniently using the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) (which is used by the IMF to make determinations) as the instrument to determine how rank and file workers will be paid increases in wages and salaries.” He said doing otherwise is “double standards” which must not be allowed.

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