GPSU President, Patrick Yarde: Merry Christmas, Peace and Goodwill to All
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THE 2020 Festive Season is one that would have varying experiences for different people. Nevertheless, on behalf of the Members of the Executive Council of the Guyana Public Service Union I consider one aspect that would be common to all and in this regard, I am extending to you our members best wishes first and foremost for your safety and good health and that you and your families and loved ones are well protected from the deadly COVID-19 Virus.

Drastically different from previous occasions in our lifetime, we now have restrictions on our activities and posture. The cancellation of traditional Christmas parties and the situation being further compounded by the non-payment of improved wages and salaries in an ever-increasing economic environment. Additionally, they have to work in an infectious atmosphere without the recognition and compensation of risk allowances to front line workers.

This Christmas, many of our members who are essential front line workers, in the health sector, are at grave risk doing their best to contain the Coronavirus and in so doing, are at serious risk, significantly restricted even in their spare time to the normal enjoyment and sharing experiences with family and friends on this occasion.

The deadly virus which ought to have attracted a more responsible and professional conduct, has not been taken with the seriousness with which it ought to have been treated.

In 2020, we had great hopes in achieving improved conditions in the quality of life and welfare of the people we represent. Nevertheless, we will endeavour to have collective decision making at all levels. We envision unity, solidarity and good governance. We expect the government also to do its part, leading by example and take responsibility for fair and equitable treatment of its most valuable resources, human resource – its workers, without which no government can success, much less, function.

As we celebrate Christmas this year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you and your families a Merry Christmas on behalf of my family, the Union’s Executive Council and myself. I hope that this time of goodwill brings happiness, peace and love to your homes.

Once again, a safe and Merry Christmas, Peace and Goodwill to All.

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