Another standoff brewing?

first_imgDear Editor,Is there another standoff between management and workers brewing similar to the one which occurred some months ago? (‘Goldfield refuses to meet with “unrecognised” unions’ – Guyana Times, May 28, 2019).The authorities responsible for labour matters should take all necessary steps to ensure this does not happen,  especially in view of the ill-conceived notion that workers reached out to the unrecognised union rather that the Labour Department as an indication of ‘a lack of faith in the Government taking action’.Sincerely,ShamshunMohamedlast_img read more

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Indigenous residents hosts annual Christmas luncheon

first_imgPermanent Secretary and other senior functionaries in the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry on Tuesday hosted 100 persons at the Indigenous Residence for its annual Christmas Lunch.The Christmas Lunch was hosted by the Ministry to spread the season of cheer to persons who would be leaving for home shortly, and more so, those who would be spending the holidays away from their loved ones since they are in Georgetown seeking medical assistance.The festivities saw residents enjoying Indigenous cuisine prepared by theResidents enjoyed the luncheon organised by the Ministrydedicated kitchen staff led by Gail Williams.Guests enjoyed plantain delight, cassava bread, deer pepper pot, stuffed debone chicken in orange sauce, baked fish topped with mango and tomato salsa, saffron rice, vegetable farine, chef salad, sorrel and ginger beer, fruits and a candy corner made possible by Executive Office Services.Ten children and eight newborn babies received gifts, compliments of the Ministry and corporate Guyana.This activity is in keeping with the Ministry’s vision and mission for the Indigenous people needing medical services and to also provide educational and recreation services, counselling and nursing care in an effort to improve their health and welfare.It was the desire of the Ministry for all visitors to the facility to leave fully satisfied with the service provided to them.So far in 2018, two thousand three hundred and nineteen persons from all 10 administrative regions were and are being accommodated there. Among them, one thousand four hundred and sixty-five patients, accompanying relatives, travellers, persons who were incarcerated and several cases related to social issues.Persons are provided with meals, accommodation and transportation, while the facility is also outfitted with nursing and welfare staff who deal with day to day activities.In an effort to better serve the Indigenous people, the Ministry has made a multimillion-dollar investment towards infrastructural developments with an extension to the facility which will provide officer space and additional accommodation.Currently, the staff of the Welfare and Health Department occupies office space there; however, when the extension is completed early next year, where office space is catered for as well as accommodation for village Toshaos.The space they currently occupy will be transformed to accommodate additional persons. The two-extension is estimated at $27 million and is expected to be completed by the end of February.The Residence is also equipped with a minibus which ensures all transportation needs are adequately met.Minister Sydney Allicock presented the keys to the facilities administrator Claire Emmanuel last November, in the presence of Minister within the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe, Permanent Secretary Alfred King, Deputy Permanent Secretary Samantha Fedee and other staff.Further investments towards the facility will be forthcoming in 2019. Meanwhile, also attending the Christmas Lunch were Deputy Permanent Secretary Samantha Fedee, Ministerial Advisor Mervin Williams and Special Assistance on Projects and Community Development Martin Cheong.last_img read more

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