GTU suggests ‘Obeah Lady’ was organised by gov’t


The Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) has distanced itself from the “ritual” performance by an individual in front of the Ministry of Education’s Brickdam, Georgetown office on Thursday, suggesting that it was the work of the government.

“Teachers let’s not allow the enemy to cause confusion within our camp,” a statement posted on the GTU’s Facebook page noted.
The individual, identified as a long-standing supporter of the Opposition APNU+AFC, was dressed in the party’s garb and performed a ritual many Guyanese considered to be ‘obeah.’

“In response to recent events, we unequivocally distance ourselves from the actions of an individual not affiliated with our organization. We want to make it clear that the behavior portrayed is entirely inconsistent with our values. GTU is committed to fostering a community of integrity, respect, and inclusion. We have no connection to the individual’s actions, and we condemn any behavior that goes against the principles we uphold,” the GTU noted.

Despite distancing itself, those who participated in the ongoing teachers’ strike action could be heard supporting the ‘obeah lady’ and encouraging the individual to perform the ritual.

The countrywide strike action by teachers for improved wages and salaries has entered its 10th day.

The strike has since turned into a political one with prominent members of the People’s National Congress Reform participating, including Gary Best who was involved in an accident that caused the death of popular cyclist, Jude Bentley.

The credibility of the union has also come into sharp focus. The union has failed to file audited statements with the Auditor General and they have also failed to make submissions to the Deeds and Commercial Registry for more than a decade, which means it can be struck off the register for trade unions.

Additionally, the GTU General Secretary, Coretta McDonald is accused of flouting the union rules by also being an Opposition Member of Parliament.

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