Even in light of repudiations, Head of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) Lincoln Lewis is maintaining that the Labour Department within the Social Protection Ministry has failed in its responsibility to effectively and efficiently investigate labour complaints made by workers.Junior Social Protection Minister with responsibility for labour, Keith ScottGTUC Head Lincoln LewisIn debunking the Minister’s denials, Lewis disclosed that the Postal and Telecommunication Workers Union (PTWU) made several complaints to the Labour Department, asking for a meeting to address a major matter pertaining to the working hours of the staff at GTT.Lewis said the Union has written the Ministry twice within the past three months, but was yet to receive a response.This revelation comes on the heels of a recent statement released by the GTUC expressing grave concern over the fact that it has been receiving a number of reports that workers making labour complaints at the Ministry were being turned away.“GTUC continues to receive complaints from workers that they are being turned away from the Ministry of Social Protection when they seek to lodge complaints against employers. The process in industrial relations on matters of such nature is not to turn away complainants but to activate a process to investigate and resolve the complaint,” the organisation had stated.In a statement subsequently, Junior Social Protection Minister with responsibility for labour, Keith Scott denied the allegations made by the GTUC.The Minister asserted that his labour officers were unaware of any such instance occurring within the Department.“From investigations conducted with staff, not surprisingly, they have all categorically denied this baseless allegation,” Scott stated.However, he admitted that in rare cases when persons come to the Department without the requisite information pertaining to their employment/ past employment, they were requested to furnish same to facilitate a speedy investigation into their complaints.
Two pedestrians were killed on Saturday afternoon at Marudi Public Road Soesdyke-Linden Highway after a car slammed into a bus shed.Dead are Melva Lucus, 54, and Elsa Fernandes, 51, both of Grand Sand Road Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Reports are at about 16:45h, a motorcar with registration number PRR 3606 driven by a 28-year-old resident of Kuru Kururu Village was proceeding north along the western side of the Marudi public road at a fast rate of speed when the driver allegedly swerved west to avoid hitting another motorcar.Guyana Times understands that the other car was proceeding south along the western lane; overtaking another vehicle. The driver of PRR 3606 reportedly lost control of his vehicle and collided into a wooden bus shed on the western parapet of the road and further collided with two female pedestrians, who were standing on the western parapet.The two pedestrians were picked up in an unconscious state by Police who rushed them to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where they were pronounced dead on arrival. The driver of the motorcar was taken into Police custody and a breathalyser was conducted.Police have since said that he passed the breathalyser test. The bodies of the women are at the Lyken’s Funeral Parlour awaiting post mortem.