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Sunday December 23, 2012

Govt. to engage GPSU in multi-year Contractor succumbs one day pay package talks – Labour Min. after beating

Moves by Government to pay a five per cent increase to public servants were certainly not intended to halt salary negotiations with the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU), said Minister of Labour, Dr. Nanda Gopaul, on Friday. He was responding to media operatives during a press briefing at his Cornhill Street, Stabroek, Georgetown office yesterday. Alluding to correspondence between the GPSU and the Public Service Ministry, the Minister said, “I think that the matter is continuing.” He said that Government had taken the initiative to pay the five per cent increase,

which was retroactive from January 2012, in recognition of the fact that the year was coming to an end. “We had budgeted money and we wanted to ensure that the workers got some payout before the year ends to enjoy the festive season and bring 2012 somewhat to a closure.” Nevertheless, Dr. Gopaul said that he is of the firm belief that the two bodies (Government and GPSU) will soon continue dialogue with a view to entering into a multiyear pay package. “We would like to see that happening and we are happy to see it happen with a view to peacefully working out a

resolution to the issue. “The payout hasn’t brought the negotiations to an end; they are meeting and I am sure PSM has invited PSU to continue its meeting...” said Dr. Gopaul. According to him, recent tripartite talks had in fact touched on the issue of ‘Social Compact’ and “we are working on it. We have seen a draft and so if we are able to sign a ‘Social Compact’ it will bring about a greater degree of harmony in the industrial relations level and point the way forward where they will be resolved before dissatisfaction could be aired...We are targeting this

for next year,” said Dr. Gopaul. This move, he said, is likely to see trade unions, the employers’ organisation and Government engaging in talks. Dr. Gopaul said that such an undertaking has been realised in Barbados which has a very successful programme in this regard. They have in fact modified their programmes about five times, he added. Trinidad, he said, too, has another model of this nature even as he noted that the International Labour Organisation has been playing a significant role in this regard.

A 38 -year-old contractor from Providence, East Bank Demerara, died around noon, Friday, one day after a brawl with another resident of the area. Roopram Jagdeo was pronounced dead around noon by doctors at the Georgetown Public Hospital. Jagdeo was being treated at the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit for injuries to his head. The dead man’s wife, Bibi Zameena Jagdeo, told this publication that her husband was involved in a heated altercation with another man identified as “Munesh”. That incident occurred around 17:30 at the man’s Back Street, Providence home. Mrs. Jagdeo said that on the day in question her daughter came running to her indicating that something was wrong. “I was at the back of the yard and when I reach in front I see me husband in de yard with a piece a wood and this other man at the gate”. The woman said she quickly realized that it was a fight so she held onto her husband and pleaded with him to stay in the yard. “I hold on to he and the other man had a wood in he hand but me husband pick up a wood and pelt de man and he fall down, so I lef me husband and run to the man fuh help he up and I start wiping the man face with tissue and I beg he fuh stop and go home”. According to Mrs. Jagdeo she made several attempts to escort the man out of the street but he over powered her and ended back up at her yard. “The man come back at de gate with a wood and I try to keep my husband in the yard and then the man kick open the gate and start lashing meh husband and me husband fall down and he still keep lashing me husband.” The woman added that eventually she was able to get the man out of her yard. “After the man lef we call out fuh help and then we decide to call a ambulance

DEAD: 38-year-old Roopram Jagdeo because me husband start bleeding from his nose, ears and he head.” The woman said that when she contacted the Diamond Diagnostic Centre she was told that there was no ambulance available and she was advised to contact the police. Fearing that by the time the police arrived her husband would die, the woman said she called for a taxi and rushed her husband to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre. The man was treated but was subsequently transferred to the Georgetown Hospital, where he later succumbed. Meanwhile the suspect has been arrested and is assisting police with investigations. The dead man’s wife said she was told that the incident stemmed from him trying to borrow the suspect’s bicycle. “Me hear meh husband went by some people to borrow a bicycle but them tell he that it late and them done chain up the bike, but the same time the man (the suspect) came downstairs and meh husband hug he and he push meh husband down and he fall in de gutter.” Mrs. Jagdeo said it was that which angered her husband which led to the scuffle. Jagdeo is survived by his wife and their three daughters aged seven to 14.

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