The Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) has taken a jab at the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration for unfulfilled promises, saying its 14 months in office have done little for the electorate.FITUG stressed that it was aware that “not all election campaign promises can be fulfilled soon after a new government assumes office”. However, it noted that months after the national and regional elections, the Government has not merely failed to honour the “nice-sounding promises they made, many of which are reflected in their Manifesto, but actually reneged on issues impacting on the cost of living and wages of workers”.“The 2016 National Budget, one of the two presented to Parliament by the coalition Administration is incredulous. It envisaged increases for about 140 taxes; some hiked as much as 1200 per cent. The increased taxes nullify the modest wage raise given to workers. Pensioners have had their water and electricity subsidies withdrawn. Public servants and the nation’s teachers have waited and wilted as one of the ubiquitous ‘Commissions’ reflected upon what was already obvious. Delaying tactics, in the guise of merit increases and differentiated salary adjustments are having deleterious effects on the nation’s working servants who witnessed substantial up-front salary increases for a select few,” FITUG lamented in a release to the press on Tuesday. It went on to say that “sugar workers’ morale is at an all-time low. Besides the tragedy of retrenchment and redundancy at Wales, the new GuySuCo’s ‘plans’ and ‘strategies’ for ‘turnarounds’ and diversification are closely guarded secrets, it seems. Dialogue between sugar workers and their Unions with the Corporation is hardly taking place. Sugar workers have been bluntly refused any wage increases since 2015.”Turning to City Hall, FITUG said the municipality is busy seeking to impose container taxes and parking meter fees, which will surely be to the detriment of the consumers who, undoubtedly, will be made to bear the burden of the passed-on fees and taxes.“FITUG wonders how the pursuit of such a course will bring about President Granger’s ‘good life for all’. FITUG wishes to remind the coalition that freedom and lofty values can never triumph when pockets are empty and stomachs are hungry. This growing reality shows that the ‘Good Life’ remains a slogan and is possibly just a campaign delusion,” the release added.
Lifford goalkeeper Shay Given has joined Middlesbrough on loan from Aston Villa.Shay Given has gone out on loan.The 37-year-old former Irish number one joins for a month after Boro’s first-choice keeper Jason Steele was given a three-match ban for his sending-off at Leeds United.Given has been back-up to Brad Guzan at Villa Park since being displaced as number one in August last year. He has made 599 career appearances in spells with Blackburn, Newcastle, Manchester City and Villa.But he has not played since January’s FA Cup defeat by Millwall and earlier this term was linked with a move to Doncaster.It is unclear if an option has been pencilled into the deal to allow the Donegal man to sign a more permanent deal if things work out.Shay had been linked to a number of clubs including Liverpool and Celtic. SHAY GIVEN SIGNS FOR MIDDLESBROUGH ON LOAN was last modified: November 29th, 2013 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)