GTT under fire from Union

first_img… as CEO affirms dialogue and fair bargainingJust before negotiations between the Guyana Postal and Telecommunication Workers’ Union (GPTWU) and Guyana Telephone Telegraph (GTT) is set to commence, the Union members and workers gathered in front of the company’s 79 Brickdam, Georgetown head office, and while it was not a raucous demonstration, they demanded that the official either begin looking into the affairs of every employee, or pack up and leave.GPTWU President Harold Shepherd said the company over the last couple of months has been breaching the Collective Labour Agreement it had signed onto with the Union and had begun violating the labor laws of the country.On several occasions, he said, the Union had cause to refer some labour breaches to the Labour Ministry (now the Social Protection Ministry). What is very disturbing, Shepherd said, are the bouts of meetings the HR Manager, along with the industrial officer have been conducting with workers of the company. He said while the Union does not have any issues with that per se, “when it comes to the condition of service, those issues must be dealt with by the Workers Union”.Shepherd voiced his grave concern over what he said is a new trend being undertaken by the company, where it is “taking on lot of temporary employees”, who, in the end, will have nothing to benefit from.“You find that contract employees are not benefitting from anything besides their salaries. They are not entitled to the group pension plan, because they have not been regularised… They cannot go to the bank for loans, they cannot go to courts for a hire purchase, because they are not permanent”, he told Guyana Times. He said the company needs to respect workers rights and confirm those contract workers.Shepherd also addressed the issue of the merging of the service centre staff with the call centre. His contention is that the two are different altogether.“Now to merge the two and going to the extreme to be asking the service centre staff who are on fixed shift to start working rotating shift, the Union has to be involved, and that is what we are not getting”, he said.The situation seemed to have spread to branches across the country as suggested by New Amsterdam board member Eli Hazel.“Our problem is justice. All that we need is for the persons in authority to come and sit with us and talk. We found out here that the senior persons here are doing things on their own… this thing has been going on for a very long time, and it must stop… all we want is for them to come and talk with us, so that we could make our company a loving company”, Hazel told Guyana Times. Another employee, Leslyn Harris, who is also General Secretary of the Union, said members of the public would believe that employees are enjoying a good life under the current state of the affairs. She said this is far from the truth.“We are beyond frustration; the members are at a boiling point. They were at the point where they were willing to come out and protest. Most of the time the public believes that the employees are treated nicely… We have technicians who are not only working as technicians but by a “one man team”… They drive, look after the security of all the things in the vehicle, throw wires across the road, and sadly, they are only paid as a technician” said Leslyn.She also noted “We have worked for years to build this company … they need us to keep the wheels of this company turning. GTT cannot survive without us.”Meanwhile, following the demonstration, the telephone giant said it will not be intimidated by the protest action.Immediately after the protest, the telephone company said, while it supports the rights of the workers and joins its Union in rallying for continuous, improved working conditions; it has already made it clear that it would not be intimidated when it comes to striking a balance between rights and the long-term sustainability of the company.GTT said it is about to commence Collective Labour Agreement discussions and as such, will engage in dialogue when at the bargaining table.The CEO said the company is about its employees and that it has been actively working with them and with the GPTWU, listening to and addressing concerns.As such, he said GTT looks forward to its ongoing meetings and collaboration with the Union in implementing changes that would benefit both employees and the company as a whole, especially as it prepares to enter a more competitive environment.With more than 650 direct employees and offering indirect employment to over 2000 persons, GTT is one of the largest private employers in Guyana.The company said it has continued to show its commitment to its employees by implementing improved health and safety measures and making investments where necessary, including specialised training for safety and operational personnel.The company said it is also guided by its Health and Safety Officers to uphold requirements and regulations and continues to reach out to the GPTWU in those areas which are collectively agreed.last_img read more

LFA-Gardnersville Sub-Committee League Weekend Review

first_imgPhoto from the match between NTA Pro and Zawo FC.The 2019 season of the Liberia Football Association Gardnersville Sub Committee league began on April 19 at Tusa field Sports Pitch with several fascinating results.On Thursday, Friends for Real FC (FFR FC) and Gulf Lisali FC played to a 1-1 draw after the full 90 minutes. It was a competitive game between the two teams. After a goalless first half.Samuel Dennis scored the opener for FFR FC from the penalty spot in the 59th minute. With much hope of collecting all three points, Gulf Lisali FC leveled things up after Rash Massaquoi scored the equalizing goal in the 85th minute.Earlier in the first game, Junior United FC and Desert Pro began their new league season with a 2-2 draw in another entertaining encounter at the Tusa Field.Both teams had several chances in the first half to get more goals with Uriah Swen of Desert Pro having the best of opportunities in the first half.Swen finally took his chance by heading in a crossed ball in JU FC defense, 10 minutes on the clock. Two minutes to the end of the first half, Stephen Fombah scored a penalty awarded to JU FC, equalizing the score.The game became competitive in the 65th minute as captain David Kollie netted a one-on-one opportunity, giving Desert Pro goalkeeper no chance.The scores later leveled for the second time after Sedeki scored the equalizer to change the final score to 2-2.On Sunday, April 21, Gardnersville United kicked off the new league season with a 3-1 victory over Chenny FC. A brace from Ayouba Toure and a lone goal from Allison Konneh became the ultimate decider for the Gardnersville to bag home all three points. Chenny FC tried to get back but only managed to score a lone consolation through Sunday Davies.In other results, Zawo FC defeated NTA Pro 1-0, while Ambassador Two FC comfortably edged out Keitrace Jr FC 2-0. Lorenzo Tulay and Jersey Oscar were the two scorers for Ambassador Two FC.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Crime Chief demoted to Deputy Commander

first_imgSubstantive Crime Chief, Senior Superintendent Wendell Blanhum, has been removed from his post, and will now act as Deputy Commander of “A” Division.While Blanhum was on leave, Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Williams was functioning as interim crime chief, and will continue to function in that capacity, according to acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine.Division A Deputy Commander Wendell BlanhumRamnarine has said that Blanhum’s being reposted to second in command of ‘A’ Division was not done without precedent. He said this was done to facilitate the Force’s annual Christmas security programme.“Senior Superintendent Wendell Blanhum has been reposted, and that is to ‘A’ Division as the second in command….I am in command of the Force, and I have noted that the Assistant Commissioner, law enforcement, Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Williams, is functioning in that capacity, and I would like it to continue because (of) the arrangements we have for the Christmas season, and (I would) also (like) to note that Mr Blanhum’s reposting is not without precedent,” Ramnarine said in an invited comment.However, he refused to comment further when asked whether the demotion was in keeping with the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the alleged plot to assassinate President David Granger.On March 29 last, Andriff Gillard reported to the Police that his friend and neighbour, Nizam Khan, had offered him $7 million to assassinate the President. He said the offer was made during a conversation between Khan and himself after he had approached Khan to borrow $6 million to purchase a property.Following the allegation, President Granger ordered the CoI to investigate the Police investigation of the allegation, and to also make recommendations to address flaws.Retired Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Slowe conducted the CoI, and handed the report to President Granger at the end of August.When Crime Chief Blanhum took to the stand before that CoI, a clash between Slowe and Blanhum ensued. Blanhum was the first person to receive information of the alleged plot, and was instructed by Ramnarine to personally oversee the investigation.The commission found that Blanhum had failed to properly supervise the investigation, and lied while under oath when he said it was his decision to send Nizam Khan on bail. It was recommended that Blanhum should be disciplined for all those infractions.“He was insubordinate when he took a rude, argumentative and aggressive posture at the Commission of Inquiry. He should be disciplined for this. His lack of supervision of this important investigation; his utterances, disrespect and arrogance displayed before the Commission show that he is incapable of functioning as the crime chief, the lead investigator and manager of the major investigating unit of the Guyana Police Force. Blanhum should be replaced as Crime Chief, and reassigned in order to gain command experience,” Slowe recommended.Since taking up the post of Crime Chief in May of 2015, Blanum had reopened several high-profile cases, such as the execution of fashion designer Trevor Rose; the 1993 murder case of Monica Reece; and the robbery/murder of Sheema Mangar.Mashramani Costume Designer and Events Coordinator Trevor Rose was gunned on January 26, 2014 while sitting in the back seat of a Toyota 212 at Eccles Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD). He had fathered eight children, and the investigations are progressing, according to the Police.Former Demerara Bank employee Sheema Mangar, 20, was victim of a robbery sometime after 18:00hrs on September 10, 2010 as she waited for transportation on North Road. She chased the robber, who jumped into the car that dragged her from outside Bedford Methodist Church at Camp Street and North Road to the intersection of Camp and Church Streets. She died hours later at St Joseph Mercy Hospital.The body of the 23-year-old security guard Monica Reece was dumped from a speeding pickup in the vicinity of the Geddes Grant building (now Courts) on Main Street, Georgetown on April 9, 1993. Her identification was later determined as Monica Reece. It was a Good Friday night that the murder took place.Blanhum and a team of detectives were able to crack the murder case of Babita Sarjou in May of 2016.last_img read more

Local wins Quesnel stock car race

first_imgA long time Fort St John resident and a big supporter of stock car racing took the checkered flag at the ARCA WEST OK TIRE 100 last weekend in Quesnel.Lee Thomas, the oldest active driver on the ARCA WEST circuit, outpaced a strong 15 person field to bring home his first victory of the 2010 season.The ARCA WEST OK TIRE 100, which is run as part of Quesnel’s Billy Barker Days celebrations, was run at the Gold Span Speedway.- Advertisement -Just four racers finished on the lead lap as Thomas showed the younger racers the power of experience.Matt Stephenson finished in second and Garnett Grimard in third. The win leaves Thomas in 9th in the overall ARCA WEST OK TIRE Sportsman standings with the next race in Agassiz on August 7th.last_img read more

Gators snap-up 16th straight win

first_imgThis one came down to a last-second 3-point attempt by Ramel Bradley that would have tied the score, but the defending national champions held on for the victory. “I thought it was going to fall it,” Bradley said. “It was a tough shot to get off.” Florida was up 63-54 with 20 seconds left before Bradley hit consecutive 3s to cut the margin to three. Prior to that, Kentucky (18-7, 7-3) had made just one of 19 attempts from beyond the arc and was threatening the school-worst 1-of-19 performance set in 2002 against South Carolina. It had been 20 years since the Wildcats, college basketball’s winningest program, lost five times in a row to one opponent. Tennessee was the last to do it from 1975-77. No team has beaten Kentucky in six straight. “Everyone just stepped it up a little more, and you definitely need to do that when playing in front of a great crowd like (Kentucky’s), here at a historical place,” Florida guard Taurean Green said. “We’re just trying to build and be like Kentucky is,” Gators coach Billy Donovan said. “Sometimes maybe people have harsh expectations, and that’s unfair. We’re trying to build a program, build a tradition.” LEXINGTON, Ky. – Last year, Florida ran through the NCAA tournament. This season, the Gators are dominating the Southeastern Conference. Top-ranked Florida (23-2, 16-0) won its 16th straight overall, 64-61 on Saturday night, and fifth in a row against No. 20 Kentucky – the program that has been the league standard bearer. center_img A record crowd of 24,465 was hoping to see Kentucky’s 400th victory at Rupp Arena. Instead, the Gators won back-to-back games in the building for the first time since 1988-89. During practices this week, Kentucky players watched footage of a game between the two teams in 2003 in which Florida came in No. 1 but instead was walloped by the Wildcats 70-55. This one was far different, both in the outcome and the margin. Corey Brewer scored 16 points to lead the Gators while Randolph Morris had 18 points for the Wildcats. Green nailed a 3-pointer with 8 minutes to go in the first half that gave the Gators their biggest lead at 30-14. But Kentucky followed seconds later with a 10-0 run, pulling within four on a jumper by Bobby Perry. Green hit his third 3-pointer in three attempts to stop the run, and Jonathan Mitchell made a layup just before halftime to stretch the Gators’ lead to 36-27. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

NFL NOTEBOOK Texans and Raiders set for rematch

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre It’s unlikely the Texans (3-5) could win again when the teams meet today in Houston with such a putrid passing attack, considering that only four other teams have won games with negative yards passing since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Houston became the first team in 25 years to win with such a stat as David Carr went 7-for-14 for 32 yards and was sacked five times for 37 yards. It was that kind of performance that led to the decision to cut ties with the franchise’s first draft pick and acquire Matt Schaub from Atlanta in the offseason. With Schaub at the helm, the Texans won their first two games. But they have dropped five of six since and Schaub will miss today’s game against Oakland (2-5) after suffering a concussion from a helmet-to-helmet hit last week against San Diego. Sage Rosenfels will make his third career start in Schaub’s place. Rosenfels has thrown five interceptions and six touchdowns in a relief role the past three weeks, but will focus on protecting the ball in his first start for Houston. “Obviously, if you start a football game or you play the entire game, you’re going to try to be smarter with the ball and take the throws that the defense gives you,” he said. From news services Coach Gary Kubiak admits he has never been part of a game quite like the one his Houston Texans played when they came to Oakland a year ago. Despite failing to complete a pass in the second half and finishing with minus-5 yards passing, the Texans somehow managed to beat the Raiders, 23-14, in a game that reached new lows in ugliness. “It’s as strange as I’ve ever been around,” Kubiak said. “It was not very pretty. We struggled to throw the football, and they rush the passer extremely well, so it didn’t make a lot of sense for us to hurt ourselves any more.” While a game like last year’s between the teams led to quarterback changes in Houston, it also helped contribute to a coaching change in Oakland. The Raiders lost despite outgaining Houston, 302-124, in total yards. They committed five turnovers, missed three field goals and allowed five sacks in a performance indicative of the offensive struggles under Coach Art Shell. The Raiders started 2-2 under new coach Lane Kiffin, matching last year’s win total, but have dropped three straight since the bye. That has raised questions about how much Oakland really has improved despite being competitive in almost every game. “Right now our record isn’t where we want it to be, but every week you have a different challenge and that’s the whole thing about this game that we play,” defensive tackle Warren Sapp said. “It’s a great, humbling game that we play, but also in seven days you get another challenge, so here we go.” Oakland is switching quarterbacks again, too, going back to Josh McCown. Daunte Culpepper won twice after McCown broke a toe on his left foot, but is returning to the backup role. What doomed the Raiders in the loss to Houston last year was the same thing that has hindered them during their three-game losing streak. The team has been mistake-prone with seven turnovers and 27 penalties during the skid. Around the league Jurisprudence: Jaguars rookie linebacker Justin Durant and second-year offensive tackle Richard Collier were arrested in separate incidents, and neither made the trip to New Orleans for today’s game. Jacksonville police arrested Collier for driving under the influence, and Durant was charged with resisting arrest without violence. The Jaguars placed Collier on the reserve/suspended list. The team said Collier and Durant didn’t travel for today’s game. 49ers: The team waived linebacker Hannibal Navies and signed fullback Zak Keasey from the practice squad for the third straight Saturday. The 49ers have waived Navies before each of their last three games. He started two games earlier in the season, but has been limited in recent weeks by a knee injury. Keasey has spent most of the last two seasons on the practice squad, but the 49ers have signed him to the active roster for three straight weeks to help out on special teams while safety Keith Lewis is sidelined by a hamstring injur y.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA: KILLYBEGS GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgThe Killotto had no winner this week. The numbers were 6, 25, 26 and 28. There was one winner of Match 3 Numbers, Sally Heraty, Stragar, Killybegs. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €2,250. Match 3 rolls over to €60. The Killotto is now online. If you would like to do the Killotto and are not at home, go online to the new website www.killybegsgaa.com and follow the link for the instructions.There was no winner of Bingo Jackpot. Consolation prizes went Eileen Gallagher, Glenties and Patricia McGuire, Dunkineely. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1,150 on 45 calls.The ladies concluded their season with 2 very hotly contested mini-league finals on Monday last.  In the first final the All-Nighters played Double Trouble.  Double Trouble went into an early lead but some great goal scoring from the All-Nighters earned them victory.  Clare Breslin captain of the winning team accepted the cup form senior player Conal Molloy.In the second final Susie’s Chicks faced Is Feidir Linn in a very competitive match. The lead swung both ways throughout the game.  However Susie’s Chicks very much leaned on come great coaching tips from manager Susanne White throughout the month of August and were narrowly victorious in the end.  Afterwards Captain Sharon White accepted the cup from Lady Mayoress Mairead Gallagher.  Many thanks to referees Andrew Mullin and Paul Hegarty and to Flor and Rita Nolan who prepared a lovely meal afterwards.  Well done to all the girls who participated and ended the year with a very enjoyable evening. GAA: KILLYBEGS GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: September 6th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: KILLYBEGS GAA CLUB NOTESNA CEALLA BEAGA G.A.A. NOTESlast_img read more

JOB VACANCIES: SUCCESSFUL ALT NURSERY REQUIRES NEW STAFF

first_imgAlt Nursery requires seasonal staff for the coming summer months.Some horticultural experience preferable but not necessary.Flexible hours and weekend work available. Must be hard working and enthusiastic.Send C.V to Alt Nursery, Alt Upper, Castlefinn.The Alt nursery was originally part of a family farm with a suckler herd, the farm is still in operation, and however the family decided that it needed to diversify.Always having a huge interest in horticulture they decided to open this garden centre. They started slowly and over the last five years have now grown into what one of the busiest garden centres in Co .Donegal. They now have three poly-tunnels, a farm shop and large fore-court with display area including a bare-root section. JOB VACANCIES: SUCCESSFUL ALT NURSERY REQUIRES NEW STAFF was last modified: February 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:JOB VACANCIES: SUCCESSFUL ALT NURSERY REQUIRES NEW STAFFlast_img read more

Trucker contacts CHP in collision

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GORMAN – A trucker who investigators believe left the scene of a Thanksgiving Day crash in Gorman that killed a father and son has contacted the California Highway Patrol through his attorney and wants to talk with investigators. Officer Wendy Hahn of the CHP said the driver, who was not identified, would be traveling from Northern California to speak with authorities. His attorney told Hahn his client would appear Monday. The driver allegedly crashed his big rig Nov. 24 into the rear of a stalled pickup truck on northbound lanes of the Golden State Freeway near Gorman, killing Jose Palomino, 41, and his 15-year-old son, Julio, both of Bell Gardens. Palomino and his son had been en route to Bakersfield because the father planned to move his family there, according to Albert Lopez, a family friend. “There were no jobs here, so he had to move his family,” Lopez said. The victims’ 1990 pickup overturned when the 1999 Peterbilt big rig rammed into it. “The errant driver left the scene and investigators have been attempting to identify and locate him,” Hahn said. The tractor-trailer’s fuel tank apparently was ruptured in the collision. The cab caught fire on Lancaster Road after the driver exited the freeway, CHP Officer Vince Ramirez said. About 20 minutes after the crash, police got a call from a man – possibly the big-rig driver – who said his tractor-trailer had been stolen from a Pilot gas station in Castaic. When officers arrived, the man could not be found.last_img read more

GAA: Milford and Burt to meet again in Intermediate Championship Final

first_imgMilford and Burt must do it all again after the sides finished level in the Intermediate Championship Final at O’Donnell Park today.A great crowd saw the sides go toe to toe as Burt raced to a three point lead early on.But a Cathal McGettigan goal managed to keep Danny O’Donnell’s Milford side in the game. The Inishowen team led by a single point at the break on a scoreline of 0-6 to 1-2.Milford were ahead by the slimmest of margins but Harkin again proved vital for Burt as he snatched a vital point to draw the game.His team-mate Joe Boyle had a pressure kick to win the game for Burt but he couldn’t convert.The sides finished 1-7 to 0-10 and will have to replay the game again this week. GAA: Milford and Burt to meet again in Intermediate Championship Final was last modified: October 10th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more