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GPSU stands in solidarity with employees

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) stands firmly in solidarity with employees of the Russian Aluminium company (RUSAL), and their Union, the Guyana Bauxite & General Workers Union (GBGWU) in their struggle for fair and decent pay, and the employer’s disrespect for the laws of Guyana.The Collective Labour Agreement between the GBGWU and RUSAL allows for discussions on any policy which will alter the conditions of service for employees. It also enjoins the employer to discuss with the Labour Department of the Social Protection Ministry, any changes in workers’ conditions of service.The Collective Labour Agreement is enshrined in Article 147 (3) of the Constitution of Guyana. Guyana has also ratified ILO Convention 98 which deals with Collective Bargaining. Furthermore, the Trade Union Recognition Act of 1997, Section 23-1 stated pellucidly that where an employee’s organisation is recognised, management must meet with the employees’ representative in good faith to discuss conditions of service of the employee.Section 23-3 of the said Act states that where the employer fails to meet with the employee’s representative, this constitutes an offence and that for every additional day that they fail to meet, a fine is imposed. RUSAL, in arbitrarily imposing a one per cent increase, changed the conditions of service of the employees and this is a blatant disrespect to the employees’ representative and total disregard for the laws of Guyana.This flagrant disregard and infringement on workers’ rights led to their protesting, and RUSAL responded by adding ‘salt to the wounds’ with the dismissal of 61 workers, ejection of employees and their families from their living quarters, and refusing to prepare meals, in an effort to break the workers’ spirit. This is a method used by combatant forces and violates a fundamental international principle of humanitarianism which prohibits the starvation of civilians. The move by RUSAL can be viewed as contempt and disdain towards the workers in their fight for a living wage. This reprehensive and illegal conduct is in violation of Article 147-2 of Guyana’s Constitution which gives the employees the right to strike. The right to strike is also mentioned in ILO Convention 87, a fundamental right of workers and of their organisations and must be protected and respected at all cost!This action by RUSAL flies in the face of all decency and shows blatant disrespect for the people and laws of Guyana more so at a time when the country is celebrating its 49th Republic Anniversary.The Guyana Public Service Union strongly condemns this action by RUSAL and its labour advisor for disrespecting and violating the workers’ rights and breaching the laws of Guyana. The GPSU calls on the Social Protection Ministry to enforce the laws immediately by taking the necessary legal action against the employer.Sincerely,GuyanaPublic Service Unionlast_img read more


Passage of Doherty’s Bill scraps six year time limit for financial complaints

first_imgSinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has welcomed the passing of his Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland (Amendment) Bill 2014. The Bill ends the blanket six year rule preventing consumers from making a complaint against financial institutions if six years have elapsed.Thousands of people will now be free to re-apply to the Financial Services Ombudsman to have their case heard if they suspect any wrongdoing on the part of financial institutions. Deputy Doherty said: “I am delighted this Bill has now passed. It is the first opposition Bill to pass this Dáil that was initiated by a member of the opposition.“Thousands of people each year who are prevented from pursuing allegations of wrongdoing against financial institutions will now be allowed access to justice through the Financial Services Ombudsman.“Figures from the Ombudsman’s office show up to a thousand people every year are barred from the process because of the 6 year rule. We know that thousands more have not applied because they had been advised that the 6 year rule would apply.“This rule only operated to the benefit of the banks and other financial institutions who were shielded from investigation by it if the complaint related to something that happened more than 6 years ago.“My legislation will now redress that imbalance with consumers empowered to make a complaint within three years of becoming aware of possible wrongdoing. “Critically, thousands of people previously refused access to the process will now be allowed resubmit their complaint because the legislation is retrospective in nature. As soon as the Bill is signed into law those thousands of people can re-apply.“This will come as very welcome news and a massive relief to the many consumers who have contacted me looking for an opportunity to have their complaint heard.“I wish to particularly commend the work of the Free Legal Advice Centre and their Senior Policy Analyst Paul Joyce whose work in drafting the report – “Redressing the Imbalance” forms the basis of this new law.“This Bill brings new hope to thousands who feel aggrieved by the actions of banks, insurers and other financial institutions. I urge those people previously refused access because of the 6 year rule to re-apply and the countless others who didn’t apply because of their awareness of the to re-submit their case.“I will be monitoring the resources available to the Ombudsman and will push for further resourcing if necessary to deal with these new cases.” Glad to be reappointed as Finance spokesperson and now also appointed spokesperson on public expenditure and reform.— Pearse Doherty (@PearseDoherty) July 14, 2017Passage of Doherty’s Bill scraps six year time limit for financial complaints was last modified: July 16th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:central bank and financial services authority of ireland amendment bill 2014Financefinancial services ombudsmanPearse Dohertylast_img read more