Telephone company pensioners threaten protest action
Retired frustrated former employees of the Guyana Telecommunications Corporation, (GTC) now GT&T are putting the authorities on notice that they intend to take to the streets in protest. The pensioners say they have been given a royal run around for the past two decades and are beginning to feel insulted.
President of the Guyana Postal Telecommunication Workers Union Harold Shepherd updating the media 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.
Over 130 persons over the age of 60 claim they are owed millions of dollars in pension payments after years of service to the telecommunications industry.
The pensioners 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.
Shepherd said over the years the union has written letters to President Donald Ramotar, former President Jagdeo and Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon, the Ministry of Finance and leading politicians with the hope of having the matter resolved.