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Guyana Teachers’ Union plans to take legal action, demand free PCR tests, protest against COVID-19 rules


by Denis Chabrol

Guyana (Demerara Waves) – President of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU), Mark Lyte late Wednesday night announced that the workers’ organisation was on standby to take legal action against government if teachers are prevented from entering their workplaces because they have not been vaccinated or tested negative for the coronavirus.

After a more than two-hour-long virtual meeting with more than 1,000 attendees, he sought to assure them that High Court action would be filed. “We intend to have legal representation for those employees, those staff members who are discriminated against and so the union will be moving to have some legal representation for our members,” he said.

Mr Lyte said GTU would be asking the Guyana government to provide free PCR tests to teachers who do not want to take the vaccine rather than they footing the bill at private laboratories.  The union official also said the GTU would enquire whether Pfizer vaccines could be administered to teachers who prefer that jab.

The GTU is also vehemently opposed to the Ministry of Education’s position for the reopening of in-person classes at all levels from September 6, 2021 that teachers must be vaccinated or take a PCR test each week but if they do neither they would have to stay home and be marked absent.

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