Workers and their unions all across Guyana are observing and celebrating Labour Day today. A number of rallies and parades are taking place across the country.
In a labour day message, President David Granger reminded that the labour movement is essential to expanding employment opportunities and ensuring just conditions of work.
He said workers, through their trade unions, historically supported the struggles for the achievement of political independence, social justice, increases in wages and improvements in their living conditions.
According to the President, workers, today, are much better off as a result of the sacrifices of their forebears.
The President said his government has ensured improvements in workers’ well-being, most recently, by increasing the monthly public service minimum wage by 62% since the government took office four years ago.
“Your government has ensured improvements in workers’ well-being, most recently, by increasing the monthly public service minimum wage by 62 per cent from $39, 540 to $64,200; attracting investment to catalyse job-creation; promoting entrepreneurship as a stimulus for employment and expanding public services”, President Granger said.
The labour movement, he said, is urged to continue to work with the government, private sector and civil society to support efforts to generate employment, including self-employment, especially for women and young people. He said his government remains a friend of workers and of the labour movement and will continue to support the work of trade unions.