Sacked Guyana Energy Agency workers take to the picket line – 24th May 2013
Some of the Guyana Energy Agency inspectors who were dismissed after failing a lie detector test were today protesting what they describe as wrongful dismissals by the company. The workers are also looking at legal action against the company who they feel are trying to tarnish their image. The workers are now beginning to feel like they were the scapegoats after taking the test voluntarily.
Over 20 inspectors were dismissed after failing the lie detector test. According to them the persons administering the test did not ask anything pertaining to the job.
The services of the workers were terminated with immediate effect in accordance with Clause 18 of their contract of employment. They were given one month’s Salary and were told to return all items of the GEA.
The opposition parties APNU and AFC are calling for an independent probe to be conducted into what they see as the misuse of the polygraph test for the dismissal of the employees.
According to the GEA contract, officers can be fired immediately for wilful refusal or neglect, inability to perform duties or to comply with any order, disclosure of GEA’s affairs to unauthorised persons, and serious misconduct such as bribery, theft, fraud, breach of confidentiality, continued absence for more than three consecutive days or other behaviour which in the opinion of the Agency, detrimental to its interests.