Union secures 6.5 % salary increase for GPL staff

first_imgAfter about six months, negotiations between the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) and management of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) concluded on Friday with the parties signing off on salary increases for the power company’s staff who come under the purview of the union.The salary increase will be retroactive to January 1, 2017. General Secretary of NAACIE, Dawchan Nagasar told the Department of Public Information (DPI) thatChief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle hands over agreement to General Secretary of NAACIE, Dawchan Nagasarapart from increases on the actual salaries, there are a number of other incentives that will boost staffers’ finances paid.“The company and the union has agreed to a 3 percent in scale increments and a 3.5 percent across the board which total 6.5… (There are also increases in) meal allowances, commuters’ allowance for meter readers, night shift premiums and other incentives for persons climbing poles, towers … Also increases and over-time for those working the sick shift and also an agreement for annual performance incentive”, the General Secretary is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.It was disclosed that another cycle of negotiations will commence soon. Chief Labour Officer of the Social Protection Ministry, Charles Ogle said, “Don’t let us sign one-year agreements because as you are signing here now, it’s time to start the negotiations. We should look at two years or probably three years. Most people have been going that way, even five years is considered.”He added that salary negotiations for the GPL staff should begin “the latest, in the second quarter.” Further, it has been noted that throughout the negotiations there has been much back and forth amidst disagreements however both sides were satisfied with the outcome.Chief Executive Officer (ag) of GPL, Renford Homer added that the level of professionalism that was maintained throughout the negotiations has resulted in both parties coming to an agreement, with hopes of improvement in the coming year.“With the recognition that we needed to be quite prudent in our deliberation as to what we considered to be a reasonable increase in salaries, and I think that level of maturity and understanding came out of these engagements,” Homer said.last_img read more

5 Centimeters of Snow Possible with the Risk of Freezing Rain for South Peace

first_imgA strong frontal system is approaching the coast.Ahead of it mild moist Pacific air is eroding the cooler Arctic air remaining trapped in the valleys.Snow will redevelop over a large part of the Central Interior throughout the evening along with some patchy freezing rain.- Advertisement -Total amounts of snowfall will be up to 5 cm before snow changes to rain early Saturday.The heaviest amounts of snow will be over the Williston and McGregor areas where snowfall warnings are in effect.The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.Advertisement Cariboo Road Services say they prepared and ready to deal with this event.With road temperatures well below freezing, road conditions will be slippery.They warn drivers to drive with extreme cautionlast_img read more