Several nurses at Guyana’s state-run Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Wednesday- Christmas Eve Day- embarked on industrial action to press demands for an increase in take-home pay, according to multiple sources.
The impact of the go-slow was not immediately known, though one source said that the Female Medical Ward was among the areas affected. Efforts to contact a senior official of the health-care institution were unsuccessful as calls to his mobile phone were unanswered.
An official of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) and a number of nurses confirmed that the workers were on industrial action to vent their feelings at not being recognized for their hard work and dedication.
The health care workers are peeved that they have not been a one-month extra salary like police and soldiers. Already working for meager salaries, the nurses regard the five to eight percent pay-out for this year as a pittance.