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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.
160 Regent & Shive Chanderpaul Drive
25th April, 2017.