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By the time you read this message the year 2021 would be history, but the struggles to improve the lot of the working class in the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, up to and including this year, would remain indelible in our individual memories, setting the tone for viable missions for the future.
Nevertheless, permit me to congratulate all members of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) for their invaluable contributions to the struggles for a better life for all Public Servants, past, present and future that would soon blossom into a blissful future for all Guyanese.
The GPSU is steadfast in its challenges to the Government of Guyana on the issue of the negotiation of living wages, salaries, realistic allowances and conducive working conditions towards bettering the lot of workers in the Public Sector and insists that the Private Sector does its utmost to raise its workers’ salaries to meet those projected levels, rather than putting profit over people and pocketing huge earnings among themselves.
Workers in Guyana, like their counterparts in the Caribbean and the rest of the world deserve to have the ability to sustain themselves and families, instead of living in poverty like leaches and mendicants, drawing lifeblood from some sympathetic friends or family members that struggle for better lives overseas. The good life could be real in Guyana, if political leaders genuinely care about people and recognise the importance of investing firstly in the Country’s human capital, rather than current methodologies of haphazard investments in “black holes” that have brought zero returns to the people of Guyana.
One such reckless venture is the investment of approximately 5.775 billion dollars by the PPP/C Government that took office in August 2020 into the sugar industry GUYSUCO, which last recorded profits over a decade ago. Noteworthy also is the 42.682 billion dollars that the Granger administration also deposited as subsidies and contributions into the GUYSUCO, where even the most astute management thereof was destined to failure.