PRESS RELEASE MAY DAY MESSAGE People's National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia, Georgetown, Guyana. Friday, April 28, 2006

The People’s National Congress Reform extends salutations to the workers of Guyana, and their Unions as they observe May Day 2006.

The workers of Guyana must not, cannot, waver, in their crusade for a living wage.

The PNCR believes that the workers are entitled as a matter of right, to demand from the PPP/C Government a wage to sustain themselves and families.

The recent 2006 Budget cannot assist the workers in the attainment of these goals, since on the contrary it has shortchanged them.

The PPP/C Government continues to fail in the creation of employment for the thousands of young people who have graduated from educational institutions in Guyana.

The Government has failed to attract any foreign private investment to Guyana and its economic policies seem to be in still birth. There is no meaningful production of goods and services in the country and morale of the business sector is at an all time low.

The PNCR notes that it is in this milieu that the anti-working class attitude of the Government continues to be manifested against the workers:-

The Government's proposed removal of the Guyana Trades Union Congress from the Trade Union recognition process, and the exclusion of small unions in like manner.

The recent passage of the "Essential Services" Bill which seeks to outlaw any industrial action hitherto enjoyed by the workers; remove the role of the D.P.P in determining whether the provisions of the legislation were contravened by the worker, thereby giving the Minister arbitrary powers to institute charges against workers for what the Minister feels is a breach, and to remove telecommunication and wireless services from the category of essential services, in order to pave the way for attacks on G.T & T.

• The continued breaches of the collective bargaining process by the government and the imposition of paltry wages for teachers, policemen and women, nurses and the other public servants.

• The holding of separate May Day rallies in an effort to foster continued division in the trade union movement.

• The continued withholding of the annual subvention to the G.T.U.C.

The PNCR notes that all of the above are perpetrated against the backdrop of the honouring of the late great Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow as a national hero of Guyana only recently by our Parliament.

The PNCR stands ready to support the gains made by the late great Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow for the workers and their Unions in Guyana and not merely pay lip service to them.


People's National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana.
Friday, April 28, 2006