Nurses at the state owned, Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation have started a “go slow” protest following the Government’s announcement that public servants will not be getting more than a 5% increase in their salaries this year.
Several nurses at the Georgetown Hospital downed their tools and started the go slow protest on Friday morning, while others threatened to begin walking off the job.
One nurse told News Source that they are tired of being treated like second class citizens by the administration. She said “every year is the same 5% and this government is behaving as if they are not aware that the cost of living in this country is sky rocketing. Why do we have to protest every year over this issue. 5% is not enough and it has never been and will never be enough, they need to come better”.
Many of the nurses complain that they already work for “bread crumbs salaries” when compared with their colleagues across the region. They want the Donald Ramotar administration to offer them a better wage package.
The Guyana Public Service Union has already threatened industrial action across the public service. Union members have been put on notice that a full strike action could come later this year or early next year.
Over the past few years, the GPSU has been complaining about the Government imposing the 5% salary increases without any consultations with the union.