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26 percent hike in private sector minimum wage

Workers in the private sector will from January next year get a more than 26 percent increase in their wages and salaries, government announced Wednesday. The new minimum wage is now GYD$255 per hour, up from GYD$202. Minister of Social Services, Volda Lawrence accepted a recommendation by the Tripartite Committee to hike the minimum wage from January 1, 2017. The ...

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Larry London refuses to disclose D’urban Park contributions

Secretary to Homestretch Development Inc; Larry London on  Tuesday declined to disclose the amount of donations that that company had received for the development of D’urban /Jubilee Park. London, who is the Company Secretary, instead referred all questions to Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson although he conceded that he did not authorize him to speak on the matter. London, who ...

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Govt virtually rules out GYD$600 million bail out for Georgetown City Council

Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan said government is not inclined to provide a $600M “bailout” for City Hall, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported Tuesday. The money that the Georgetown municipality seeks is to assist the cash-strapped town to meet expenses and pay creditors. However, Minister Bulkan said Government will not bailout the municipality. The Minister was speaking at an engagement ...

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Govt blocks PPP motion demanding answers on D’urban Park

Despite a parliamentary motion in the National Assembly Monday night demanding answers on the financial arrangements surrounding the D’urban Jubilee Park, government was not inclined to provide all the answers demanded by the political opposition. Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson did however provide some answers to questions asked within the motion, but these answers, according to Opposition MP Juan Edghill, were ...

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Public Health Minister goes before parliamentary disciplinary committee over drugs bond issue

Public Health Minister, Dr. George Norton has been sent to the Parliamentary Privileges Committee for allegedly misleading the House about the rental of pharmaceutical bond from a city businessman. Ruling on a motion tabled by Shadow Health Minister, Dr. Frank Anthony, House Speaker Dr. Barton Scotland ruled that there was sufficient evidence to take Norton to the disciplinary body. Attorney ...

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Govt, African Business Chamber pledge reciprocal support; Jagdeo says sound business proposals key

Guyana’s African Business Roundtable- an organisation that aims to develop sustainable Afro-Guyanese businesses in partnership with government- was Friday night launched with government in turn pledging its support. Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo said government welcomes the establishment of the Afro-Guyanese business chamber, saying that African empowerment and self-empowerment have eluded the country for so many years.  He said efforts should ...

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US President recognises work of Guyanese home care CEO

United States (US) President, Barack Obama on Saturday recognised the contribution of a young Guyanese lady  in her homeland in the area of care for the elderly, in his address at a Town Hall meeting in Peru. “We need leaders like Abbigail Loncke of Guyana; Abigail are you there? So after struggling to find her own grandfather a home care, Abigail ...

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Govt may reduce purchasing price for gold

Medium and small scale gold miners may soon be paid three percent less than the world market price, a consideration that was Thursday condemned by Guyana’s two miners’ organisations. Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman confirmed that the idea is being considered but no decision has been taken. “The discussion on asking gold miners to pay a percentage below the “London ...

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GTUC to review position on taking govt’s grant for Critchlow Labour College

Newly-elected President of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), Coretta Mc Donald on Wednesday said she and other executive members would be reviewing the reason for not taking government’s subvention for the Critchlow Labour College (CLC). “This new body will definitely have to sit, look at the proposals that are being offered, have discussions and then we’ll make a decision ...

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RUSAL’s refusal to attend meeting angers govt; Cabinet to decide on next step

by Derwayne Wills Government must now consider another strategy for engaging Russian bauxite company, RUSAL, which was a no-show at a meeting scheduled Wednesday morning at the Labour Department between that company, the Labour Ministers and the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GBGWU). “Upset and annoyed,” were the words used by Keith Scott, Minister in the Social Protection Ministry, when ...

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