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

Guyana People’s Militia 1500-plus strong – Harmon

first_imgBased on questions posed by the parliamentary Opposition about the Guyana People’s Militia, the National Assembly was told that 1608 persons have been recruited into the resuscitated group. Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said these persons were recruited at various levels, and they were between the ages of 18 and 35, and physically and mentally stable for entry. These persons, he said, are not forced to join the Militia, but do so of their own free will and are paid $2829 per day.Thus far, 36 persons have been recruited from Region One (Barima-Waini); 154 from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); 365 from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); 204 from Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice); 405 from Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); 93 from Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni); 42 from Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni); 45 from Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and 264 from Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).According to the Minister, recruitment teams are deployed to the various regions to sensitise persons on the programme and to recruit those interested. Special consideration is given to highly-skilled retired military personnel and skilled professionals. Advertisements are also placed on social media, radio, and television and flyers are distributed to attract interest.The officers are required to attend specialised training three times per week in the regions. The training entails personal drills, map reading and navigation, jungle and weapons training, internal security, national policy and more.Eighteen years after it was disbanded, the Guyana People’s Militia was reactivated on December 1, 2015 in keeping with the defence policy of the six-month-old administration.At the relaunching, the then Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Brigadier Mark Phillips explained the advantage of having the Militia as a separate entity rather than being part of the GDF as the 2nd Infantry Battalion, as since August 1997.The Chief-of-Staff said several drill halls countrywide would be rehabilitated and Regional Companies would be strengthened through recruitment and the provision of more leadership training for officers and senior non-commissioned officers.The Militia was first established in 1976 in accordance with the Defence Act at a time when the country had been facing internal and security threats.An estimated 1000 persons have been recruited in 2014 and 2015. Phillips said a number of the 55 persons who went Absent Without Leave (AWOL) have since been taking steps to return to duty.Government also expects to boost the GDF’s Engineer Corps to be involved in infrastructural development in the hinterland. The GDF plans to acquire more aircraft and patrol vessels during the next few years.last_img read more


first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes For Week Ending Sunday 13th May 2012Congratulations: Congratulations to Brendan Ryan, Michael McLaughlin (Junior) and Stephen McClafferty who completed their Level 1 coaching award in Muff recently, keep up the good work lads! Congratulations to John Campbell who played for Donegal under 16’s last weekend. The U16’s were victorious over Cavan and Derry to qualify for the final stages of the Buncrana Cup. Congratulations also to Sean Noonan who is part of the management team.Commiserations to Kevin O’Loughlin and team mentor Gary Duffy who unfortunately lost out to Armagh in the Ulster Minor Shield Final in Clones last Saturday. Their focus will now be turning to the first round of the Ulster Champlionship in Breffni Park. Best of luck lads. U16 Football: Buncrana U16 Footballers have reached the Northern League final, following an impressive display versus Letterkenny Gaels in the semi-final on Sunday evening. Buncrana began the game at a blistering pace and registered three unanswered points in the opening 5 minutes, through John Campbell, Dara McDermott and Aidan Donaghey. The visitors fought their way back into the game and drew level midway through the first half. However, solid defending from Jack Doherty, Andrew Doherty, Aodhan Stokes and Caolan McGonagle provided the platform for Buncrana to push on. The surging runs of Aidan Donaghey, John Campbell and Shane McLaughlin created constant problems for the Letterkenny defence and the home side went in at half time with a 4 point lead. Buncrana dominated midfield in the second half, thanks to the excellent work rate of Joseph McGrory, and further goals from Harry Doherty and John Campbell put an end to any hopes of a comeback for Letterkenny Gaels. The lads can take great confidence from an excellent team performance and will now focus on the Northern League final. Training continues on Wednesday evening.Minor Football: Buncrana 4-10 MacCumhaill’s 2-5In the bitterly cold Scarvey, Buncrana overcame a hard working, talented MacCumhaill’s team. Buncrana led at half time 1-4 to 1-3, thanks to 2 excellent saves from Harry Doherty. A blistering start to the second half netted Buncrana 2-2 in the first 5 minutes. McCumhaills replied with a goal and a further goal from Darach O’Connor, his 4th of the game. Points from Ryan Curran, Mark O’Connell, Darragh McDermott and Kevin O’Loughlin sealed a victory for Buncrana. Best for Buncrana were Darach O’Connor, Joseph McGrory and Conor Grant. Scorers: Darach O’Connor 4-4, Kevin O’Loughlin 0-3, Mark O’Connell 0-1, Ryan Curren 0-1 and Darragh McDermott 0-1. Final Score 4-10 to 2-5Senior Ladies Football: Training sessions continue as follows, Wednesday night at 7.15pm and Friday night at 8pm.Gaelic4Girls: Gaelic football for girls under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18’s every Monday night from 7.00pm – 8.30pm in the Scarvey. As always everybody is welcome. Please remember to bring boots, your own water bottle and warm clothing.U6 FUNdamentals: FUNdamentals for boys and girls aged 5 & 6 years (or turning 5 during 2012) will continue on Fridays at Scoil Mhuire between 6.15pm and 7.00pm.U8 Football: U8 Football Training continues every Friday and will now take place at the Scarvey from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Parents, if your child is interested in having fun whilst learning the basic skills of gaelic football please come down and try it out.U10 Football: Training continues every Friday at 7.00pm at the Scarvey and new players are always welcome. Boys U14 Hurling: Boys U14 Hurling training takes place at the Scarvey every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.00pm. If you haven’t played before and are interested in playing Hurling please feel free to come along.Boys U14 Football: Training for the boys U14 team will take place on Monday evening at 5.00pm. Competitive games are due to begin in 6 weeks so all players are asked to attend. New and returnig players are always welcome.Boys U14 & U18 Hurling: Hurling training for boys aged 14 to 18 years takes place every Saturday at the Scarvey at 3.00pm-5.00pm. New players are always welcome.U8 and U10 Hurling: Hurling training for children under 8 and under 10 years takes place each Sunday at 11.00am. If your child would like to learn the basic skills of hurling in a safe and fun environment please come down and try it out, new players are always welcome. Boys U16 Football: Training continues every Wednesday at 7.30pm sharp in at the Scarvey, please bring boots and trainers and own water bottle. New and returning players are welcome.Lotto: The winning numbers in the €2,700 jackpot lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 1st May in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 8-19-28-30. There was no jackpot winner this week, however there were five €20 prizes which went to the following lucky participants:Denis Eccles (Murphy), Castle AveRyan Bradley, Riverview, GranshaSinead McLaughlin, Maginn AvePatrick McDevitt, 39 Maginn AveAva Friel, NewtowncunninghamCongratulations to our winners and thank you to all for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on orín DohertyPRO CLG Bun BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more