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In a show of solidarity, representatives of several Trade Unions have set their differences aside. They have formed a Steering Committee to organise Guyana’s upcoming May Day Rally.From Left: Urma Glenn, President of the GTU; Dawn Gardener,Cheap NFL Jerseys, Vice President of the GPSU; Coretta Mcdonald, General Secretary of the Guyana’s Teachers Union,; Carvil Duncan, General Secretary of the GLU and President of the FITUG organisation; Kimberley Porter, Assistant Secretary of the Vice President of the GLGOU and Sherwood Clarke, President of the CCWU.The Steering Committee, according to General Secretary of the Guyana’s Teachers Union, Coretta McDonald, was formulated on February 2,Cheap Jerseys Store, 2016. She is currently the Chairperson of the Committee with Kenneth Joseph, the General Secretary of the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE), as the Vice Chairperson.“May Day 2016, is going to be one with a difference. We here representing various unions, are insisting that we have one May Day Rally. And so this year,Jerseys NFL Wholesale, 2016, we have decided to put all our differences aside…Encourage all workers to come out and support and let us move forward with unity in mind,” McDonald said.The rally which is held annually on May 1, has become somewhat of a tradition in Guyana. It attracts hundreds of workers from both the Private and Public Sectors. These workers would usually dress in red and white, and march through the streets of Georgetown flashing banners and posters representing their place of employment.The rally is scheduled to assemble at Parade Ground at 7:30hrs. It is scheduled to end at the National Park following presentations by union members and “politicians”Apart from the marching, May Day, or Labour Day as it is commonly known,Cheap NFL Jerseys, is a day of celebration; a day to rejoice; a day set aside for workers to reflect on challenges past; and a platform to look at where the workforce is currently and where one would like it to be in the future.It also creates an opportunity for organisation heads to share knowledge and culture.Yesterday’s proceedings saw participation from representatives of the Clerical and Commercial Worker Union (CCWU); the Guyana Local Government Officers’ Union (GLGOU); the Guyana Labour Union (GLU); the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG); and the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU).President of the CCWU, Sherwood Clarke, informed the gathering that he has been guided and given the mandate in supporting One May Day Rally.“And endorse the programme that the Steering Committee had adopted and proposed to all (the) trade unions. It is important that we have the One May Day Rally as we celebrate our Golden Jubilee and it is (also) important that workers be happy. In this economy, we have to make workers comfortable,” Clarke said.The Assistant Secretary of the Vice President of the GLGOU, Kimberley Porter, after registering her union’s support,Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale, made a call for all workers throughout the length and breadth of Guyana to come out on May 1 to show their support.General Secretary of the GLU and President of the FITUG organisation, Carvil Duncan, told the gathering that in “unity there is strength”.“…And too long, the workers of this country have been suffering as a result of this disunity. So when the thought of a One May Day Rally came up, it was fully endorsed by my executive based on the principle that united we stand,China Jerseys Wholesale, divided we may fall.“And it is important that we march in unity because having done that, we would be sending a message not only to the workers in Guyana, but to the workers throughout the Caribbean and the world of large,” Duncan said.He continued that as trade unionists, there may have been difficult times but “come May 1; this national day, we put aside those difficulties and march in unity.Trade union unity has been the call for many years, the Vice President of the GPSU, Dawn Gardener said.“When it was said that trade unions wanted to have One May Day Rally, immediately the executive endorsed it. It is important for us at this time to be united; for us to work together as one.Sharing a little piece of scripture, Urma Glenn, President of the GTU, told the participants that “a family that prays together stays together”. With most of unions coming together, she said that it portrays the characteristics of a family bent on bettering their circumstances.
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