The Government has announced that the 2017 National Budget will now be presented on November 28, 2016.
The previous date of December 5 was recently changed.
But as the government prepares to unveil its budget for 2017, the Guyana Public Service Union is expressing frustration that the government is still not returning to negotiate the salary increases.
The GPSU had rejected the government’s 1 to 10% salary increase offer although it encouraged its members to accept the increase to their salaries from the end of October.
In a statement Tuesday evening, the GPSU said it remains both disappointed and concerned over the fact that the Government of Guyana negotiators do not appear to attach the deserving level of urgency to dealing with the salary and benefits issues in a fair and reasonable manner.
“It had been the expectation of the GPSU that the negotiations between itself and the Government of Guyana would have, by now, realized much more than an “unreasonable and unacceptable” wages and salaries offer and that we would have at least arrived at a point where the talks would have resulted in some measure of seasonal satisfaction. That, regrettably, has not been the case”, the Union said.
The Union said “it remains both disappointed and concerned over the fact that the Government of Guyana negotiators do not appear to attach the deserving level of urgency to treating with the aforementioned issues in a fair and reasonable manner. We believe that this posture ignores the continuing anguish and frustration of Public Servants and sends a message that might even raise questions about the extent to which any serious value is placed on the contribution that Public Servants make.”
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