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Daily Archives: February 11, 2015

UG workers proceed on “indefinite” strike

University of Guyana (UG) workers on Wednesday decided to embark on an “indefinite” strike after neither the government nor the institution’s administration intervened on day three of a full-blown strike for a 60 to 75 percent increase in wages and salaries. President of the Senior Staff Association (UGSSA), Dr. Mellissa Ifill said the Chief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle has so ...

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National Assembly likely to be involved in managing NIS

Head of the Presidential Secretariat (HPS) Roger Luncheon is mulling ideas to give the National Assembly a greater role in the management of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS). Currently, the Scheme’s Board of Directors, of which Luncheon is the Chairman, is responsible for determining the Scheme’s policies and direction. NIS has been the target of much criticism from observers over ...

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Decriminalizing marijuana wouldn’t be used as vote-getter- PPP

Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee on Wednesday dismissed the idea of decriminalizing marijuana as a vote-getter among Rastafarians. “Maybe the APNU (A Partnership for National Unity) is trying to make it an elections issue by saying they will legalise it by appealing to the Rastafari community in this country but we don’t have to use that to have the support ...

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Town Councillors, staff to get increased stipends, salaries

Cabinet Secretary Roger Luncheon Wednesday announced Cabinet’s approval of a 5% pay-hike for staff of Guyana’s Town Councils and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) while the elected councilors have seen an increase in their stipends. These increases, Luncheon said during his post-Cabinet press-brief , are to be financed through revenue collected by the local governing entities themselves as Luncheon said they ...

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Students protest phasing out of St. John’s Secondary School

Students of St. John’s Secondary School on Wednesday protested on the West Coast Demerara Public Road to demand the construction of a new school rather than the phasing out of that institution altogether over the next two years,  two years after they were relocated to a community centre. Police were summoned to deal with traffic congestion caused by the students ...

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Constitutional reforms can be scrapped if presidential term limits case succeeds

Several major amendments to Guyana’s constitution would have to be scrapped if a challenge to the presidential term limit in the Constitutional Court is successful, according to legal experts in government and opposition. Cedric Richardson, a private citizen, wants the court to find that the amendment to the constitution by two-thirds of the Parliamentarians to provide for a two-term presidency ...

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UG unions appeal for conciliation as strike drags on

As a strike by University of Guyana (UG) workers dragged into its third day, the two unions have sought to rubbish claims by the institution’s administration and the Labour Ministry that negotiations have not collapsed and have formally called for conciliation. The Senior Staff Association (UGSSA) and the Workers Union (UGWU) have rejected UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Jacob Opadeyi ‘s ...

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