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THE Guyana Postal and Telecommunication Workers’ Union (GPTWU) held an award and presentation ceremony Thursday, in honour of Andrew “Stonewall” Jackson at its headquarters in East Street, South Cummingsburg.The Past Presidents, General Secretaries, and those who made significant contributions to the union and long and dedicated service were also awarded.President of GPTWU, Harold Shepherd, said that Andrew Jackson was a country boy from Mahaica who joined the Postal Service at age fifteen in 1921 and rose to the position of Town Postman when he founded the Post Office Workers’ Union on October 6, 1937.There is no evidence of any serious attempt to organise rank and file government workers in a bonafide Trade Union before Jackson did. White and blue collar government employees had been affiliated to the B.G. Teachers Association and the Civil Service Association, but Andrew went a step further.Post office workers had been hard-working as any other at the turn of the 20th Century. Their work life was governed by a regime of regulations that inspired strict discipline while wages were uninspiring.The Post Office Workers’ Union which was registered on June 30, 1938,Wholesale Soccer Jerseys, as Union # 6 had served as a bright green light for all rank and file government employees. By the end of 1938, employees of the Transport and Harbours Department, the Medical Service and other subordinate government workers became unionised.Thereafter,NFL Jerseys China, the foundation of the Federation of Unions of Government Employees, F.U.G.E., was laid. Andrew Jackson had endured many disappointments during the initial years of the Post Office Workers’ Union. In 1939, he was joined by G.E. Dayson in representing their Union at a sitting of the Moyne Commission in Georgetown,NFL Jerseys Cheap, at which government employees had alleged victimisation and a host of other discriminatory practices by government.According to People’s National Congress reform General Secretary, Oscar Clarke, under Jackson’s leadership he was encouraged to strive to become President, however; he rose to become assistant General Secretary.He added he was not only a father to his family but members of the F.U.G.E also while he encouraged all to strive for excellence.According to Keith Scott, a Member of Parliament, Jackson spoke for the oppressed and fought for the principles he believed in. He was a man of great integrity with an incorruptible spirit.Andrew Jackson’s two daughters,China Jerseys Cheap, Audrey Wiltshire-Morgan and Carol Jackson Gibson, both agreed in their reflection of their father that he was a great man who left his mark in the history books as, leader, Politician, patriot,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, a servant of his country and a veteran who fought for his survival and the rights of others, at the same time as he got the name stonewall because he did not compromise his principals and belief while he was strong in the face of adversity.An academic award was given to Keisha Abrigo who graduated with nine subjects,Cheap NFL Jerseys, eight distinctions and one grade two, she is now a student of the University of Guyana studying business management.The commemorative pin was given to the following awardees: Past Presidents Sewlyn 0. Felix, Mr. Gladstone George, Mr. Benjamin Nedd, Mr. Morris Walcott, Ms. Gillian Burton, Ms. Maureen Walcott-Fortune, Ms. Cynthia Evans, Mr. Paul Sandiford, and Mr. Anjou Daniels.The past General Secretaries to be awarded were Ms. Dianne Prince, Ms. Dawn Edwards, Mr. Harold Shepherd, Mr. Fitz Bearam, Mr. Reginald Sampson.Those who made significant contributions to the union were Mr. Roy Persaud (Florist) – Posthumous, Mr. Leon Dickson – Research, Mr. Noel Phillips, Ms. Gwen Mc Gowan, Mr. Robert Adridge and Mr. David Wallace.The long and dedicated service awards went to Ms. Beverly Locke, Mr. Godfrey Brandon, Ms. Ruth Primus, Mr. Fitzpatrick Miller and Ms. Shirley Young.
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