THE Alliance For Change (AFC) salutes workers on May Day, 2017. The party recognises the immense, incalculable and invaluable contributions which the country’s workers make towards nation-building and ensuring that Guyana remains a stable and viable democracy despite hardships and challenges elsewhere.
The party is resolute in its commitment to workers and their need for better conditions of work and standard of life along with improved remuneration. The party is pleased that the coalition Government has made commendable efforts to improve remuneration for public servants, increase the minimum wage and increase the tax threshold, while reducing the VAT rate from 16 per cent to 14 per cent. These measures allow workers to take home more pay. The party looks forward to further advances in this regard and calls on workers to remain committed to contributing towards the realisation of a good life for all Guyanese.
The AFC recognises that workers form the backbone of industry and without their daily contributions, society would unravel, fritter away and eventually collapse.
The party thanks workers for enduring some challenging times and for committing to seeing through this period of foundational development for a better Guyana as we begin to tap into new sources of revenue which will allow for fast-tracked and fast-paced development.
The party is optimistic that Guyana is on the cusp of significant social and infrastructural advancement and recognises that with this will come more and better job opportunities and implores workers, even as they continue to press for better conditions, to not lose sight of the national interests and the greater good.