GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) -- A magistrate has moved to Tuesday the
arraignment of three Guyanese union leaders charged with organizing protest
processions without permits.
Magistrate Dawn Gregory Barnes rescheduled the hearing Monday after
considering arguments over the weekend by defense lawyers and
After charging the union leaders last week, prosecutors had asked for a
4 arraignment date to avoid demonstrations by union members striking to
demand raises. Barnes rejected the request.
Guyana Public Service Union president Patrick Yarde, vice president
Lawrence Mentis and general secretary Anwar Hussain are charged with
organizing protest marches last week in Georgetown.
Thousands of government workers have been on strike since April 29 to
demand pay hikes of between 30 and 40 percent. The government says it
can only afford a 4.6 percent raise.
On Monday, principals represented by the Guyana Teachers Union said
they would be joining the strike.
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