GPSU: Public servants need travel allowance increase
May 22, 2004
The Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) is calling on the government to give an interim increase in travel allowances for all categories of public servants.
In a letter to the Minister of Finance yesterday, GPSU President Patrick Yarde said that the last time the public officers, who had to travel in the normal course of their duties, had an increase, was in 1994.
He added that the increased travelling and other allowances recommended by the Armstrong Award in 1999 had never been honoured.
Yarde said that from 1995 to 2004, the public servants have experienced sharp increases in the prices of fuel, vehicle tyres, spare parts and insurance.
A GPSU press release said that in 1999, the price for gas was $335 per gallon and that the price is over $600 today.