Former GTC employees continue to protest govt’s refusal to address pension and gratuity issuess
The retired employees said for over two decades they have been pushed around, given lost hope and disrespected with a meager $18,000 a month after serving between 20 and 30 years. They told the media that based on the agreement, the former employees upon retirement were supposed to have received their pension and gratuity from the present government.
The pensioners said the issue has its genesis when the company was privatized in 1990 by the then Government. 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.
President of the Guyana Telecommunication Workers Union Harold Shepherd said this is the first in a series of industrial actions with the hope of bringing closure to the matter.
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.