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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Pay offer to teachers “interim” ; Granger, GTU to meet

In the wake of a decision by the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) to call a strike after salary negotiations collapsed, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said the offer so far is “interim” and President David Granger wants to meet with union representatives next Monday. “The Honorable Minister of State further indicated that the meeting with the Minister of Education held ...

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GPSU promises “stepped up militancy” but sets no date

The Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) on Friday vowed to embark on “stepped up militancy”,  in the wake of government’s unilateral wage and salary increases ranging from eight percent at the lowest salary to half percent up to GYD$1 million. Union President, Patrick Yarde accused Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan as having the same approach to public servants’ wages and salaries ...

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BREAKING: Teachers to strike after salary talks break down

The Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) on Thursday said teachers would from next week take strike action after salary negotiations collapsed when Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry said government could not afford to pay teachers more than they are paying public servants. General Secretary of the GTU, Coretta Mc Donald told Demerara Waves Online News that thousands of teachers would next ...

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Jagdeo’s non-cooperation call won’t hurt Regions 5 and 6

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s announcement of a campaign of non-cooperation with government, following President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of  Retired James Patterson as the new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is not expected to hurt at least two of the administrative regions that the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) controls. Officials of Region Five (Mahaica- Berbice) and and Region ...

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Small agro-businesses prepare for big weekend exhibition, fun, food and music

Small and medium-scale local agri-based products are to be showcased from Friday to help stimulate greater demand countrywide, according to a top official of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA). Firs Vice President of the organisation, Ramsey Ali said the trade fair titled ‘Un-capped’ begins  Friday afternoon at the Sophia Exhibition Complex and ends on October 29. “This one ...

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Four arrested for robbery of supermarket owner

A 26-year-old businessman of East Canje, Berbice was relieved of a quantity of phone cards and local currency by two masked bandits who stormed his home on Wednesday evening. Deputy Commander of the Berbice Division Mr. Edmond Cooper said four persons have since been arrested to assist with investigations. The man, Zhou Chunmin,  who operates a supermarket in the lower ...

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SOCU agents descend on Guyana Energy Agency

Agents of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) of the Guyana Police Force swooped down on the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) as part of an ongoing probe into two alleged financial crimes. Led by Head of SOCU, Assistant Commissioner Sydney James, they entered the premises at 10:19 AM. Moments later, three agents exited the building and collected several cardboard boxes ...

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Structure Petroleum Commission properly or risk oil sector becoming “political football”- Ramkarran

Political analyst and prominent Attorney-at-Law, Ralph Ramkarran on Wednesday recommended more broad-based representation on the proposed Guyana Petroleum Commission and less ministerial involvement to remove deep-seated suspicions about narrow political involvement in the oil sector. “Once you have a commission that is not respected by a section of the Guyanese people, the oil industry will be forever one in which ...

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