Message of congratulations from the Guyana Public Service Union on the occasion of its Sixtieth Anniversary of the founding of the People’s National CongressThe occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the People’s National Congress (PNC) is as much a historic occasion for Guyana as it is for the People’s National Congress itself. The milestone provides a moment at which to pause and reflect on the monumental contribution which the Party – which its members and supporters had come to know and describe as ‘the Vanguard Party’ – had made to fashioning the fabric from which our country, Guyana, was built. The PNC has truly left its mark on Guyana through its role in the governance of the country.The concrete achievements of the PNC as a political party in government are toonumerous to recount here, though perhaps its greatest single achievement has been its role in building the nation.What cannot, however, be overlooked, even in this brief reflection, is the political life and times of the late Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham, the PNC’s Founder Leader and the man who placed the Party on the political map of nations and etched it forever in the history of the country.The period of L.F.S. Burnham’s tenure as Leader of the Party and Prime Minister then Executive President of Guyana coincided with an era of vibrancy, outstanding and innovative leadership and an exemplary.L.F.S. Burhnam ensured that he properly positioned the PNC to make its ownparticular mark on Guyana, creating Institutions that included free education fromnursery to university, a practical blueprint for the growth of the agricultural sector,expansive housing and road-building programmes, the creation of the GuyanaNational Service, a strong focus on the development of our country’s youth, andpositive steps in the direction of improved race relations, thereby significantlyenhancing the quality of life of Guyanese.Labour, including the Guyana Public Service Union, has good reason to reflect on the life and times of L.F.S. Burnham. Some of the landmark industrial relationsaccomplishments of his time included: Agreement for the avoidance and settlement of disputes; Agreements for the check off of union dues and agency fees; Agreement for the secondment of Public Servants to the GPSU. The ratification of International Labour Convention – 38 of the 44 that areenforce took place under Forbes Burnham’s tenure – and particularly ILOConvention 151 which addressed the critical issue of Collective Bargaining inthe Public Service and which represented a landmark development in industrial relations for the benefit of public servants. The introduction of the five-day work week Agreement to have collective agreements recognized as legally binding and Agreement for Public Servants to benefit from leave of absence for training invarious facets of industrial relations as well as for attendance at meetings andnegotiating fora.Critical to the L.F.S. Burnham era too was the firmness in decision-making andrespect for the constitution and the laws of Guyana as well as legally sound decision-making as reflected in his endorsement of the famous acquittal decision in the Rupununi Uprising incident by Justice Arthur Chung whom, it will be recalled, was subsequently appointed Guyana’s first President.
The GPSU wishes to note that the milestones of the L.F.S. Burnham era as President survive and remain dominant up to this day and have been critical to the strengthening of its members’ rights and to the enhancement of the union’s capacity to provide effective representation.On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the PNC the GPSU wishes to pay fulsome tribute to the profound contribution that it has made to the growth and development of our country. We wish the party longevity and good health. May the focus and philosophy of its Founder-Leader continue to be located at the very core of the Party, serving as a beacon in the period ahead.October 9 th, 2017.
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The Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) came into being on the 8th of June,1923, when 110 civil servants met in St. Andrew’s Hall in Georgetown and unanimously passed a resolution approving of an approach being made to the Governor to sanction the formation of the British Guiana Civil Service Association. The Governor was approached and he readily accorded his sanction to it\’s formation. It was formerly registered No.55 as a Trade Union on the 5th of November, 1948.
This organization was first named as the British Guyana Civil Service Association (B.G.C.S.A). It’s Industrial Relations activities began during an era when the country was administered by a Colonial Administration based in Great Britain and served by a Governor and other Functionaries here.
In 1972, the name was changed from Civil Service Association to the Public Service Association. In 1975, there was a merger with the Medical Employees Union (M.E.U), and the name of the Association was changed from the Public Service Association to the Guyana Public Service Union, (G.P.S.U).
Also, in 1975, The Guyana Public Service Union established it’s Branch system, with the Ministry of Health, Headquarters being the first branch to be formed. Today the Union has over eighty (80) branches established within the various Ministry/Department/ Region. The membership moved from 200 to approximately 10,000.
The year 1975, has been recorded in the history of the Union has a very eventful year. It is also the year when the Union introduced a Medical Assistance Scheme for the benefit of it’s Members.
The Guyana Public Service Union (G.P.S.U) has grown to be a very “Democratic” and “Dynamic” organization. Unlike in the early years, policy decisions are made with the involvement of the Membership at all levels within the Union i.e. Branches, Executive Council, General Council and Delegates Conference.
GUYANA PUBLIC SERVICE UNION (GPSU)- ELECTION OF OFFICE BEARERS (2017-2021)
The Injunction that was granted to prevent the Guyana Public Service Union from proceeding with elections for Office Bearers for the Executive Council by the Honourable Mr. Justice Nareshwar Harnanan on Thursday 20th April, 2017 in an application by Mr. Gregory Gaspar of the Guyana Geology & Mines Commission has been discharged today Tuesday 25th April, 2017. Mr. Gaspar was represented by Attorney at Law Mr. Nigel Hughes.
The Judge after hearing submissions by the Union’s Attorney-at-Law, Mr. Roysdale Forde and relying on evidence adduced by the Union which revealed that the allegations by Mr. Gaspar of the Union’s non-compliance with the Union’s rules and its obligations under the Trade Unionâ€™s Act were erroneous and misconceived.
The Union’s Attorney-at-Law’s submissions included evidence that Annual Returns to the Registrar of Trade Unions which had Income and Expenditure Statements and Balance Sheets for the entire period up to 31st December 2016. Also presented was a statement from the Auditor General confirming that the Audit of the Union’s accounts up to 2005 and that Income and Expenditure Statements and Balance Sheets up to 31st December 2016 were in his possession.
Both Mr. Gregory Gaspar and his instigator Mr. Jermain Hermanstyne were fully aware of these facts but deliberately set out to publicly misrepresent them for personal and petty reasons. They also advocated that their backward views should supersede rights of members in accordance with the rules of the Union. Investigations would reveal that both Mr. Gasper and Mr. Hermanstyne were amongst the poorest performers and achievers as members in the Guyana Public Service Union.
The Elections Officer has been advised that the Union is now free to proceed with the Elections. The Elections Officer and supporting personnel are working assiduously to hold the Elections on Thursday 27th April, 2017. The General Secretary has issued a Circular calling on all members that notwithstanding the obvious inconvenience caused to make every effort to discharge their civic responsibilities towards the Union and meaningfully participate in the upcoming Elections.
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