The Government and the Guyana Public Service Union have agreed to establish a High-level Committee on the Public Service in Guyana.
The Committee is expected to be in place by the 1st June. The decision to form the Committee came on Thursday during a meeting between President David Granger and a Government team and the President and executives of the Guyana Public Service Union.
President Granger said the meeting was a demonstration of his Government’s commitment to engage the GPSU in an effort to ensure that workers in the public service can earn a liveable wage, enjoy better working conditions and benefit from training.
The High-Level Committee will meet and address several issues related to the Public Service and formulate a report, which will be taken to Cabinet.
According to the President, the Public Service cannot be disassociated from the concept of public trust and must comprise men and women of intelligence, integrity and impartiality if it is to enjoy public trust and to achieve its administrative objectives.
He has also noted that the administration is serious about implementing reforms that will create “a brand new Public Service”, one which is characterised by fairness, equality, responsiveness, reliability and efficiency and it is for this reason a Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the Public Service was launched in 2016.
Some recommendations from the COI geared at improving working conditions and other factors which influence the work of public servants are already being implemented by the Government.