Foreign companies continue to disregard labour laws – GTUC

first_imgThe Guyana Trade Union Congress (GTUC) is calling on the Government to ensure that foreign companies adhere to labour laws and agreements when dealing with the rights of workers.The GTUC made this call after the Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI) refused to pay workers monies deducted from their overtime payments, even thoughGTUC General Secretary, Lincoln Lewisin October of 2016 a decision was made to cease taxing overtime and all premium hours worked.“The fact that Minister Keith Scott wrote management earlier this month advising mechanisms be put in place to return taxes deducted on overtime and all premium hours worked with effect from 1st October 2016 and management continues to ignore this directive sends a strong signal that BCGI is above Government and the laws of our land,” the GTUC said in a statement.GTUC is calling on Government to honour the Constitution that establishes sovereignty over the nation and its workers and hold BCGI accountable for its deviant industrial relations practices that continue to infringe the laws of the land.“There is something troubling with Guyana’s relationship with BCGI that is allowing successive governments to allow the transgressing of the rights of Guyanese labour and the violating of our laws,” it added.The workers’ representative body said the company refuses to meet with officials, and workers are promising industrial action if they are not paid their monies.last_img read more

Athlete’s prosthetics stolen twice in recent months

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TEMPLE CITY – Mother and daughter agree – whoever stole Melissa Huff’s two prosthetic legs this week are probably the same people who took them in November. They also think the thieves are trying, in a weird way, to get the Arcadia High School sophomore’s attention. “They’ve got her attention now,” said Lisa Huff, her mother. “Leave her alone.” The theft of Melissa’s legs has attracted widespread attention and offers of help, but Lisa Huff said their main concern is recovering the legs. Someone broke into the Huff residence Tuesday, ransacked Melissa’s room and took the legs. “They trashed her bedroom,” her mother said. “Trashed all her trophies and awards. They just threw everything everywhere. “If they have a problem with her, just talk to her,” she said. “Are they trying to get to know her? Call or come talk to her. If someone hates her, who? If you know her, you can’t hate her. “She’s overcome a lot and doesn’t need this,” she added. “She’s 16. She moved on four months after the accident. She just moved on. They need to move on, too. Let her have fun, play softball.” Melissa lost her right leg below the knee in 2003 after a car struck her while she was walking outside Arcadia High School. She had nine surgeries and went through six different prosthetic legs before finding one that fit perfectly. Lisa Huff said this time the legs appear to be the only items missing. One was a sports leg Melissa wore to play softball, valued at $16,000. The other was a cosmetic leg that cost $12,000. Friday, two large dogs patrolled the front yard of the Huff residence in the 10400 block of Olive Street. “The dogs were there,” Lisa Huff said. “They don’t stop them, they just lick them. Anyone can come over that wall. They’re not going to stop anything.” But the day after the latest burglary a security system was installed at the family home. “We’re continuing the investigation,” said Lt. Denise Harshman of the sheriff’s Temple Station. “We don’t have any leads or suspects.” Harshman declined to discuss any theories detectives may have developed. “They really don’t have anything yet,” Lisa Huff said about the investigation. “They asked her who her enemies are. They wanted to know who’s angry at her on the softball team. But she really hasn’t been out there this year.” Asked what she would say to the thieves, she said, “Leave her alone, let her live her life. She wants to have fun, she’s in high school, she plays ball. Just let her be.” She said the thefts have moved beyond pranks, and the thieves should be punished. Melissa called the situation frustrating. “But nothing stops me from what I want to do,” she said. “It’s not going to bother me.” Melissa declined to address the thieves, saying, “Wow! There’s a lot so I don’t know. There’s too much to say. I don’t want to say anything.” “She would be cussing them out,” her mother said. “Yeah, I’m angry,” Melissa said. “The fact that it was a really good sports leg that we just had bought. It was a great leg. The people who helped me (buy it) were all looking forward to watching me play softball. It’s coming up pretty soon. Now we can’t watch.” Melissa said she’s picky when it comes to the fitting process, “and the last \, we were still working on it. We were working on the mold and stuff, getting it tighter.” Melissa had surgery Jan. 13 to remove a protruding bone from her amputated leg. She was recovering from the operation, using a wheelchair or crutches, unable to use her prosthesis, when the burglary occurred. Arcadia High School softball coach Ed Andersen said Melissa, who plays first base, will serve as a coach’s assistant for the varsity team until her leg heals. “She’s a determined young woman with a very positive attitude,” he said of Melissa, who has been playing softball since she was 8. Softball season starts the first week in March. Lisa Huff said the family’s Pasadena law firm, DeWitt, Algorri & Algorri, is offering a reward for the return of the legs. Officials at the firm were not available for comment. “They can drop the leg off there,” she said, adding that would be better than facing her angry husband, David. “They’ll hand them the money, no questions asked.” There are no immediate plans, she said, to set up a fund to raise money for new legs. Charon and David Sandoval of Altadena have offered to donate $12,000 to replace Melissa’s cosmetic leg. “There are so many terrible things happening to people every day,” Charon Sandoval said. “But the idea of this young woman having this happen to her three times, including the accident, is beyond comprehension. Losing her legs for a third time is so outrageous.” (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475last_img read more