Tired and fed up of being referred to as an anti-PPP blog, we sat down to watch NCN and Ch. 11 last night. We learnt that Guyana joined the world in observing World Day for Decent Work.
We thought what a nice gesture. But, after some research on the situation in Guyana, we were shocked - no- amazed that Guyana actually subscribes to the World Day for Decent Work.
Bylabour minister, Manzoor Nadir's own words, “Decent work involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organise and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men."
Howevere, this government has consistently derailed the trades union movement in Guyana. Look what happened at NCN during the merger, and a subtle move to stifle Critchlow Labour College.
Further research which is contrary to peddled propaganda, the labor force was 245,492 in 1992 with an unemployment rate of 12 percent, a rate that remained the same in 1999.
There is no regulation of working conditions in the small-scale farming sector. In other sectors of the economy regulation is not enforced, and minimum wage levels have been rendered obsolete by inflation.
Guyanese workers generally possess very low skills levels, as most skilled workers have left the country for better jobs elsewhere. There are active labor unions that exist in nearly every organized industry, but they have not been very effective in attaining better conditions for their labourers. They said so