Shocked and nauseated over NIS challenge to High Court ruling 

I was shocked and nauseated when I read that the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) is challenging the ruling of the High Court, to pay Mr. Sharif Zainul, a former employee of Toolsie Persaud Limited, his full NIS benefits, legally due to him (KN.27/12/23).

This case is only the tip of the iceberg. So many hardworking Guyanese are being robbed because their employers do not pay their national insurance. They work for years, being told that their NIS contribution is being paid, only to find that it has not been paid and they have nothing to collect.

The appeal, which has been filed by the office of the Attorney-General to challenge the High Court’s ruling, demonstrates clearly two fundamental points regarding the political sociology of Guyana, and the class character of the ruling party. Firstly, the capitalist class in this country and all capitalist societies, have the State in their corner to defend and protect their pursuit of profit which takes precedence over our people, our environment and the good of our nation as a whole. Secondly, because a particular party draws its support primarily from the working-class does not mean that the said party is working-class in orientation.

The PPPC, like the PNCR and for that matter all the parties that litter Guyana’s political landscape, are committed to neo-liberal capitalist economics, and by extension are anti-working class and anti-life, despite their rhetoric. The Republic of Guyana is corrupt and rotten from root to fruit and only a people’s revolution to undo the imbalance in power, wealth and income can bring about the change that is so desperately needed.

Gerald A. Perreira
Organization for the Victory of the People (OVP)

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