Former GT&T Employees express concern over outstanding pension gratuity and benefits.
In fact they believe that what is offered by the Government is unjust since most of them would have served in excess of ten pensionable years with the then GTC, before the corporation was privatized.
President of the Guyana Telecommunication Workers Union Harold Shepherd said the issue has its genesis when the company was privatized in 1990 by the then Government. He added that at the time of the privatization the corporation issued letters to the employees stating that they can continue in the employ of GT&T and their service would be treated as continuous and unbroken.
Shepherd said based on the agreement, the former employees upon retirement were supposed to have received their pension and gratuity from the present Government. He said the pensioners are getting frustrated and they believe they are being treated unfairly.
Shepherd said in 2003 efforts were made to resolve the issue at a meeting with the then President Bharrat Jagdeo.
Shepherd said over the years the union has written letters to President Donald Ramotar, former President Jagdeo and Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon in an effort to bring resolution to the matter, but so far all their efforts have failed to get the administration’s attention.