GPSU will demand good governance
Stabroek News
January 6, 2004

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The Executive Council of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) has directed that the union in its engagements with the government demand that good governance principles be observed.

The union's highest decision-making forum outside its General Council further directed the union to continue pressing the administration to accede to its demands of better wages and salaries for public sector workers.

After government's third consecutive unilateral pay increase for public servants last month, the GPSU had indicated that its future actions would be guided by its membership at a general council to be held shortly.

GPSU President Patrick Yarde told Stabroek News yesterday that instead of the council meeting, the union had held an extended executive council meeting at which a clear mandate was given to guide the union's actions.

According to Yarde, the meeting had clearly defined the procedure to be taken when dealing with the government which had recently announced a unilateral five per cent pay out for 2003.

The planned general council meeting, Yarde confirmed, would be held shortly at which time members would be allowed to have a further say in what strategies the union must adopt.

Meanwhile the GPSU will be better equipped to deal with issues of public sector reform after one of its staff members benefited from a training course in Europe.

The union's Research and Documentation Officer, Miriam Gajraj, recently returned after completing a sponsored training course in managing public sector reform.