GT&T Workers Call For An Increase In Salaries
The Guyana Postal and Telecommunication Workers’ Union is threatening to take industrial action, if the management of GT&T continues to ignore its request for a 45% salary increase for its members for the period 2010/2011.
In the process of negotiating for a salary increase, the union has also called on the telephone company to produce notes of accounts for the financial year ending December 2009, which it said the company has since failed to produce despite conciliation talks between the two parties in the presence of the chief Labour Officer.
The union believes that its members are qualified and should not be made to work for minimal financial rewards. The Union has also expressed concerns on what it sees as the high influx of temporary staff being employed by the company to function in permanent positions.
But this afternoon officials of GT&T have said that the unions call for a 45% increase is too steep and said that the company has never failed to produce any of its financial statements to the union. The officials further explained that hiring temporary staff is all part of the company’s transformation process.
Even as the company said it is willing to continue negotiations in the interest of the 400 employees being represented by the union, the union is holding out that it will not give up until GT&T respects its members’ years of service and pay them decently.