Yarde bemoans the 'tragedy' of race in GPSU anniversary message

Guyana Chronicle
June 9, 1999

THE Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU), is alleging that the current strike by Government workers, has not yet received the support of a sizable percentage of one ethnic group of its members.

In a message to observe the 76th Anniversary of the Union, the organisation's president, Mr Patrick Yarde said that it is an unfortunate aspect of what can be termed "the Guyana tragedy", that has plagued the country with dire negative consequences for four-and-a-half decades.

He claimed that this is happening despite the efforts of the Race Relations Committee of the Union launched two years ago. This body, he said, has spent much time bringing the two major races together in the Public Service.

"Ironically, though understandably, this effort is being undermined by persons who pose as national leaders and give lip service to the desirability for unity and harmony on one hand, while executing a back-room policy of racism and divisiveness on the other hand, and spare no efforts in sowing seeds of hate and division," the message read.

According to Yarde, reflecting on the achievements of the GPSU since 1923, brings tremendous satisfaction.

He saluted those˙who have worked, and those continue to work in the furtherance of the well-being of public employees, conscious of the fact, that in spite of the many obstacles, the Union has come a far way.

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