first_imgThe province re-introduced legislation today, Nov. 28, that supports efforts to ensure that Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, the federal government have the same offshore job-safety rules. “Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the federal government are close to completing an agreement for mirror legislation on job safety, so we want to keep the bill on the order paper as a sign to our partners of our continued support,” said Environment and Labour Minister Mark Parent. The bill re-introduced today replaces one that was on the order paper of the last session of the Legislative Assembly when it was adjourned. It amends the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation (Nova Scotia) Act. Currently, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board imposes occupational health and safety requirements on offshore operations as a condition of licence. The soon-to-be completed agreement will replace that system with specific occupational health and safety legislation. This will give all three jurisdictions the same rules and improve the management of offshore job safety. Mr. Parent said confirmation of the agreement is expected shortly from the other partners. Nova Scotia will then draft an updated bill and consult interested groups. Canada and Nova Scotia governments have agreed to jointly manage offshore oil and gas activities. All legislation affecting the offshore has to be passed by both the Nova Scotia legislature and Parliament. Newfoundland and Labrador will draft similar legislation so offshore companies and workers will have the same rules in each province. The bill may be viewed online at www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/legc/bills/60th_1st/1st_read/b018.htm .last_img read more

As of Monday, Government approved salary increases across a number of pay ranges for public servants; inclusive of retroactive payments from January 2018, one week ahead of the reading of next year’s budget.This is according to a circular dated November 19, 2018, that was sent out by the Finance Ministry to the heads of all budget agencies and seen by <<<>>>>. According to the document, persons earning less than $100,000 a month will receive a seven per cent increase.The document dated Monday, November 19, 2018Those earning between $100,000 and $299,999 will get an increase of 6.5 per cent, while those in the $300,000 to $499,999 range will get a five per cent increase. Those with a paycheque of between $500,000 and $699,999 a month will have their salaries increased by three per cent.Meanwhile, those in the $700,000 to $799,999 range will be eligible for an increase of two per cent, while those earning $800,000 to $999,999 will get one per cent in increases and those with a $1 million salary and above will get a 0.5 per cent increase.The circular makes it clear that the increases do not apply for teachers, University of Guyana employees, Government Ministers and Members of Parliament.It does, however, apply to the Disciplined Services, including the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force.Besides the Disciplined Services, it applies to “all traditional public servants, defined to mean those employed in Ministries, departments not under ministerial control, regional administrators and public service related agencies, commission secretariats and those who are engaged on contract positions reflected on the inventory of authorised positions of the traditional public services and persons on contract outside on the inventoried positions.”………………………Salary increases………………………The Ministry indicated that teachers received a separate circular regarding their increases. Teachers have for some time been agitating for increases since the end of their previous multi-year agreement. This agitation included strike action early in September of this year.In October, more than one month after a nationwide teachers’ strike was called off, Government finally agreed to increase the salaries of teachers by 12 per cent for 2016 and eight per cent for 2018.When it comes to UG staff, the University’s administration had announced a few days ago that the Finance and General Purposes Committee had approved salary increases for staff, at a rate ranging from three to four per cent.It has been reported that the increases were sought by UG’s Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith. And like the Finance Ministry curricular, the increases would have been retroactive to January 1, 2018.In a joint statement afterwards, however, the University of Guyana Senior Staff Association and the University’s Workers Union poured cold water on this proposed increase. According to the unions, the increases were “a violation of good labour relations practises.”While Griffith has been quoted saying that he acted because of stalled negotiations with the unions; the unions claimed in their statement that the administration has not been acting in good faith during the negotiations.Ministers and MPs are not being included in the salary increases because in 2015, months after the Government entered office, they received an increase of their own. Cabinet Ministers had their salaries increased by 50 per cent, while junior Ministers and other parliamentarians received smaller increases. Government has said that this was a one off event. (Jarryl Bryan) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinimum basic salary for public servants now $64,200November 26, 2018In “latest news”‘Meat for the boys, bone for the workers’ – Rohee on proposed 10% salary increase for public servantsAugust 30, 2016In “Local News”Govt announces pay increase, new minimum wage for public servantsOctober 19, 2017In “latest news” read more