first_imgBy Devina SamarooHeavy downpours on an early Sunday morning did nothing to stop scores of workers from leaving the comfort of their homes to participate in the historic Labour Day Rally, during which the two main trade union bodies finally put aside their differences and gyrated in one accord through the streets of Georgetown to soca and chutney tunes – a Guyanese pastime.GTU members along the parade routeUnity messages were aplenty, with trade union leaders echoing all too familiar sentiments: the need to combine forces and use one resounding voice to call attention to the desperate need for better recognition, value and honour for the working class people in society.Decked in red, with umbrellas in hand and colourful banners held high, hundreds of workers gathered at Parade Ground where the march commenced, before making their way onto Main Street then onto the Avenue of the Republic, straight into D’urban Street and then all the way to the National Park for the unity rally, where Government Ministers and representatives of the parliamentary Opposition were also present.GAWU workers marching on SundayKenneth Joseph, General Secretary of both the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) told Guyana Times that it is quite satisfying that there is at last unity among the trade unions.“This is what we were fighting for all the time. We always knew that the workers of the country were never disunited, there was disunity among the labour leaders… Now the two labour organisations can meet and discuss matters of interest to the entire nation,” he stated.Guyana Labour Union (GLU) President Carvil Duncan, whose long serving position has disgruntled some workers, expressed hope of seeing a united movement going forward in addressing workers’ issues and upholding workers’ rights.“It is a wonderful thing and the beginning of unity in the trade union movement and I hope that we can use this May Day celebration when we come together as a catalyst to move forward so we can unite in everything. I want to see a united movement where we can have issues affecting the workers discussed, for example, the teachers have an issue; the mining workers have an issue; the public service has an issue, where they have not gotten an increase in salary yet; those things will be echoed at today’s rally but that is not enough, we need to get together and unite our forces to ensure that we achieve something for our workers,” he stated.Long standing President of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) Patrick Yarde noted that Labour Day is an exceptionably important day in the life of any conscientious worker.“Labour Day should be a kind of beacon for solidarity of our working people. It is a day when they should all forget differences and strive for the alternative which is unity among working people. Today is also a day when we reflect on the challenges ahead and there are many challenges ahead and we have got to find ways of overcoming them. We believe power resides in the people and the majority of people are workers and therefore the only thing preventing us from ceasing control of our destiny is disunity, which we must correct,” he stated.Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) President Mark Lytle boasted of his organisation’s contingent being the largest participants in the road march, however, he lamented that despite this fact, teachers are still not being given the priority they deserve.“We’ve always been a Union that celebrates Labour Day but we are of course disappointed that many of the issues we’ve had haven’t been resolved, but we are confident that with a showing like this today, it will also indicate to our employers and Government that you will have to address our issues,” he posited.Additionally, a representative of the Guyana Local Government Officers Union who identified herself as Cathy Fowler emphasised that while Guyana has come a long way in the trade union movement, not much is being done to honour the achievements which Nathaniel Hubert Critchlow fought for.“Today is a day where workers look forward for unity. We want strength, we want togetherness as workers, we want to know that as workers, we can achieve. In my view, we are only receiving a portion of what Critchlow has done for us because there are so many indifferences going on and I am really disturbed over it,” she expressed.Particularly, the worker noted that workers’ rights are still being flouted by management – a practice she urged to reach an immediate halt.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Junior Social Protection Minister with responsibility for labour Keith Scott, along with other Government members participated in the parade. …moments later trade unionist/politicians clash over workers’ rightslast_img read more

first_imgThe Road Safety Authority Shuttle bus and roll-over car visited Mulroy College for three days.The event was organised to raise awareness of road safety among students.All students had the opportunity to visit the bus, experience a driving simulator, test their reaction time for braking and lots more. Students over 16 years experienced what it would be like in an accident if a car rolled over, they received a talk on the correct way to put on and wear a seat belt in order to minimise injuries in an accident.Younger students received a demonstration with dummies representing people in the car showing the importance of ensuring everybody wears a seat belt when travelling.During the three days Ms Louise Clara, Road Safety Promotion Officer, visited the school where she gave presentations on road safety to all students from first to 6th year. Local Gardaí were also in attendance at the talks.We spoke to two fifth year students, Caoimhe Blaney and Amy Mc Laughlin after coming off the roll-over car. Caoimhe said “it was so scary, to feel that my body had no control. The blood rushed to my head as the car turned but I could do nothing to help. I can only imagine what it would have been like there was speed involved.”Amy said “I loved trying the braking speed, but I was really bad at it. IT takes a lot of concentration when driving. I will not be speeding when I start driving and will be telling my family all about it”.The school committee would like to thank staff of the RSA, Mr Brian O Donnell, Road Safety Officer with Donegal County Council and the local Gardaí for their help in securing the visit. SCHOOL ON RIGHT ROAD AS SAFETY BUS VISITS MULROY COLLEGE was last modified: March 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMulroy Collegeroad safety buslast_img read more