APNU+AFC STATEMENT ON THE FORCED RETURN TO WORK ORDER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE BY PPP GOVT

We have learnt with great alarm that the PPP government has mandated that all public servants return to work full time even as the cases and deaths due to COVID-19 are rising alarmingly.

This is irresponsible, reckless and endangers the lives of every public servant, every member of their families and households and everyone who they come into contact with.

What is this undue haste to force public servants to return to work?

I received a disturbing message from a concerned mother earlier a few mornings ago. The mother was so worried she could not sleep and sent a long note expressing her fears.

It reads, in part: “Being asked to return to work on a daily basis would mean we to leave our children at home unsupervised for over 10 hours Monday to Friday. I don’t think the Government has given this fact any thought. Because leaving children unattended at home is a crime. We would also be putting our children’s health at risk taking them to work daily and it would be a disadvantage to find a safe space that will be conducive for learning in a virtual class room setting.”

In addition to the health risks, it is a major burden on parents since schools are not opened and many parents have no way of having their young children cared for while they are at work. Some have had to take on additional financial burden to pay persons to take care of their children.

This is unconscionable by the PPP who are daily creating more undue hardships for Guyanese, including single mothers who are already experiencing very difficult times as a result of the economic fallout from the pandemic.

Some mothers are now forced to choose between buying food for their children to eat and paying for them to be cared for while they go to work.

We call on the PPP to revert to the rotation system for public servants with immediate effect.