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Date: 26 May 18 08:26pm
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Basil Williams…never discussed option with PNCR –General Secretary of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers (GBGWU), Leslie Gonsalves, says that while the Union has not ruled out possible court action against RUSAL-owned Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc. (BCGI) over the dismissal of several workers, the option has never been discussed with the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR).According to Gonsalves, the court system is tediously slow. This is coupled with the fact that the government “controls certain aspects of the Court System.”Gonsalves added that the Union was hesitant about court action, given the fact that it could take a life time.He further explained that the Union was still waiting to see if the Minister of Labour would reject the reality facing the workers before embracing court action.“We need to take action one step at a time, ” Gonsalves explained.On Thursday last, Shadow Labour Minister Basil Williams said that while the party is in support of the struggles of the Union, it is they who would have to instigate any court proceedings and they will readily support them.Williams explained that the bauxite Union was a legal entity and as such the party “can’t just get into the internal affairs of the Union…They would have to approach us for any assistance that they would need in that regard.”Williams was responding to questions as it relates to why the party did not take up the issue in the courts rather than through a Parliamentary Motion given the history of what happens to opposition motions in House.He explained that the motion is seeking to have the National Assembly call on the government of Guyana to honour the many conventions of the International Labour Organisation to which it is a signatory and also ensure that the Labour Laws of the country are honoured by all employers more particularly, the RUSAL owned, Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc.The PNCR is also seeking to have the National Assembly condemn BCGI’s unlawful, arbitrary and unilateral de-recognition of the GBGWU in violation of the Trade Union Recognition Act and calls on the Government of Guyana to present to the National Assembly the Terms of Agreement between the Government of Guyana and RUSAL whereby RUSAL was allowed to carry on bauxite and other business in Guyana.Additionally, the motion is seeking to have the National Assembly support the demands of the GBGWU for the reinstatement of the dismissed workers. “and the impartial and professional intervention in the dispute by the Chief Labour Officer.”Williams explained that the Motion is also seeking to have the National Assembly initiate an international appeal for support from all Parliaments in those countries in which RUSAL is presently carrying out any type of business operations as well as seek solidarity and support from all relevant international Organisations.He explained that the actions of the bauxite company are not isolated. “They have employed similar tactics against workers in other countries in which they have been operating, including the Republic of Guinea.”Williams told media operatives that in Guinea, their Industrial Relations Manager was recently expelled by the Government following revelations of the, “company’s horrid and offensive labour practices in that country.”According to Williams, it does not require any expertise in the Law to recognise that the conduct and actions of RUSAL, the owners of BCGI, are in violation of the Laws of Guyana.Williams posited also that all Guyana is aware that, in the exercise of their constitutional and legal rights, the bauxite workers of BCGI proceeded on strike in November last and, in retaliation, BCGI issued suspension and dismissal letters to most of the workers, Wholesale Jerseys 2018, 57 of whom are union leaders.“Some workers were, upon resumption of work and upon condition of being in continued employment, forced to sign a company prepared petition requesting the de-legitimisation of the Union….On 1 December 2009, the company notified the Ministry of Labour, that it had arbitrarily terminated the Collective Labour Agreement and commenced the process of derecognising the legitimate union.”He explained that the issue has been ventilated in the media both locally and internationally and the Minister of Labour, who should be an impartial mediator, publicly and openly sided with the foreign company by criticising GBGWU for allegedly agreeing to the termination of 75 workers, as claimed by BCGI, but denied by the Union.He added also that the Labour Minister has failed and/or refused to use the powers vested in him by Law to resolve the trade dispute between the GBGWU and BCGI, despite letters from the Leader of the Opposition requesting his intervention.“After five months the workers’ dispute remains unresolved and the Minister appears determined to initiate proceedings to derecognise the legitimate Union rather than resolve the trade dispute.” Gonsalves
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Date: 26 May 18 08:26pm
In order to ensure that students are able to reach their full potential, the Ministry of Education has introduced a Basic Competency Certificate Programme (BCCP), which is being offered at the secondary level.And according to Minister within the Education Ministry, Dr Desrey Fox, for too long edification of students has only been viewed from the traditional standpoint of academic subjects.“We have for too long looked on the side of traditional education that would educate our children to either further their studies up to university level and beyond and that is it.We have not focused on our children and groups of adults who are interested and have talents in other ways. In this sense I am talking about Technical and Vocational education, ” the Minister said.She pointed out that in the 21st century the world has moved on and has changed a lot, adding that because of the globalisation process there seems to be all sorts of impacts and influences that relate to the education of people.She said that in 2000 at the Dakar Education forum, more than 174 Governments made special commitments to be able to look again and to review their curriculum as it relates to education for all.“This means that no one must be left behind as it relates to children, adults, those with special needs, NFL Jerseys China, vulnerable children, and indigenous people…”The Minister said, “We have to have a holistic approach to education.”This approach to education, the Minister added, is in fact a paradigm shift in Guyana and has caused the Ministry to look at specific skills based on certain kinds of programmes for students.She further revealed that there has been much debate about what skills should be prioritised, adding that as it relates to policy, the government through the Ministry of Education has been able to address the curriculum in schools.“Because we want to be able to give our students the option as it relates to academia and as it relates to technical/vocational education, we are ensuring that every child must be given the opportunity to reach their full potential as it relates to their education.”She said that the BCCP was created to have an alternative pathway that could benefit students.She noted that often is the case that parents become nervous when their children opt for technical programmes because of the traditional notion that only children who cannot perform well academically venture in such fields.“If we are to think of inclusive education then the whole argument about technical/vocational education which suggests that only students who cannot make it in academia do those programmes cannot be true, ” the Minister posited.She further said that the intent of the Ministry is to ensure that every child, whether in academia or otherwise, must be able to access the same kind of education.
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Date: 26 May 18 08:26pm
It will cost Government $5B more this year to run the country with labour costs taking a significant chunk.Last year, Government spent $118M to repair roads, pay public servants, run schools, and buy drugs, among other things. In its budgets estimate of current expenditure, it will require, this year, $123.18B.Total employment costs, for contract employees, administrative and other staffers, will increase from 2011’s $104.6B to $108.6B.The cost to hire contract employees will increase from $6.2B to $7.8B.Government mandatory contributions to the National Insurance Scheme as an employer will rise from $1.4B to $1.5B.This year, to buy drugs for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and the Ministry of Health, some $4.77B has been allocated as against the $4.5B last year.Maintenance of roads and bridges, drainage and irrigation, sea and river defenses and other infrastructure is set to increase from $2.31B last year to $2.40 this year.Government will also pay $1.39B for local travel and subsistence- $233M more than 2011.Utility charges are also expected to go up by about $479M to $7.47B.Last year, to protect its properties, Government doled out $1.9B. This will increase by $373M.Dietary supplies, in all likelihood including part of the feeding programme for schools, will cost $673M more than 2011 or $3.4B.Last year, Jerseys NFL Cheap, a hefty $24.4B was given as subsidies and contributions to local organizations. This has been reduced to $16B this year.One of the biggest costs this year will be pension payments including to non-pensionable employees, increases and old age pension and social assistance. Last year, $7.4B was paid out. This year, $10.3B has been budgeted.
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Date: 26 May 18 08:26pm
Acting Magistrate Melissa Robertson yesterday denied bail to a motorcyclist accused of causing death by dangerous driving. Troy King, 35, of Well Road, South Ruimveldt Park, was not required to plead to the indictable charge which read that he drove his motorcycle in a dangerous manner which resulted in the death of Dhanraj Narine.King was also slapped with a charge for driving without a licence and also failing to have sufficient insurance to cover a third party. To those charges he pleaded not guilty. King was represented by attorney at law Raphael Trotman.In a bail application, Trotman told the court that his client is the holder of a provisional licence. The lawyer sought to explain to the court that King indeed had a licence, but he was not given the chance to get the document because he was kept in custody.Trotman added that his client had paid $11, 000 towards his insurance and that the company made a mistake when they issued King with the receipt. The receipt only had that he paid for the month of December. He said that the insurance company is in the process of rectifying the mistake.The lawyer further explained to the court that King had turned north into Hunter Street and Narine was on the carriageway. Trotman stated that his client took every precaution to avoid hitting Narine, but it was the deceased who wandered into the middle of the road. He added that the deceased may have died from the accident, but he also had known medical complications.The attorney also stated that after Narine was struck down his client quickly got a vehicle and took him to the hospital. Trotman noted that the police never had to look for his client because he always made himself available. He also stated that there was no evidence to suggest that his client was drunk at the time of the accident.  He asked that King be granted his pre-trial liberty because he was not a flight risk, nor would he interfere with any of the witnesses. However Police Prosecutor Stephen Telford objected to bail. The prosecutor said although King must be commended because he took the deceased to the hospital, Cheap NFL Jerseys China, it still was a serious offence.The prosecutor said that his investigation revealed that King was not a licenced driver; also he denied having a licence when the police questioned him. Telford said that checks were made at the Licence Revenue Office and it did not show that King was issued with a licence. Bail was denied and King is expected to make another court appearance on Friday.
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