Dr. Nanda K. Gopaul Hon. Minister of Labour Budget 2014 Presentation April 1, 2014

Thank you Mr. Speaker, it is irrefutable that the Budget 2014 is one which will create a better Guyana in the interest of all Guyanese. The Honorable Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh and staff deserve our commendation and praise for a job well done. The stakeholders have had consultations on the Budget prior to its presentation and many of the stakeholders including those of Labour and the private sector have since its presentation applauded the government and the Minister of Finance on the 2014 Budget.

Budget Debate Speech 2014Presented ByMinister Jennifer Webster M.PMinister of Human Services and Social Security

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in this honourable house to lend my support to Budget 2014. Let me extend congratulations to my colleague the Honourable Dr. Ashni Singh M.P - Minister of Finance and his team for articulating a vision in this year’s budget presentation, which seeks to support our Government’s pro-poor approach to enable a better quality of life for all Guyanese; including through the improvement of quality Social Services being provided throughout Guyana.

‘It’s worrisome to hear about elderly murders’- Minister Webster

Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Jennifer Webster, yesterday expressed shock and dismay at the recent murders of two senior citizens. She said that this sort of violence is worrisome.
Minister Webster, in her budget presentation, said that it was “worrisome” to know that one of the victims is reported to have been raped. She said that as leaders in society, they must send the signal that this type of violence must not be tolerated.

Labour Minister tells House…‘We will fix sugar!’

THE SECOND day of debates on the 2014 Estimates kept the embattled sugar industry in focus, and Labour Minister Dr. Nanda Gopaul was firm in his defense of the industry, stressing that the current administration would fix sugar.“We will fix it; sugar will be improved before the end of the year,” he declared.

19 charges made out against security firm for flouting minimum wage order

Labour Minister, Dr Nanda Gopaul informed the National Assembly that thus far, one firm was reported for 19 breaches of the national minimum wage order, which came into effect on July 1, 2013. These charges were filed against Strategic Action Security.
During his 2014 budget presentation, Minister Gopaul said more than 31,000 workers are benefiting from this new arrangement and are now entitled to leave with pay.  The new minimum wage of $35,000 came into effect last year and stipulates a 40-hour workweek of five days, eight hours daily. The new order paved the way for new categories of workers to benefit under the 40-hour workweek scheme.

Gopaul defends remuneration of Govt workers

Labour Minister, Dr Nanda Gopaul defended Government workers’ remuneration in the face of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Member of Parliament Volda Lawrence questioning the Administration’s commitment to improving Guyana’s Human Development Index, as the 2014 Budget debate continued Tuesday in the National Assembly.
Lawrence asked where the human face of the Government is as teachers continue to migrate because of poor salaries, policemen continue to work for pittances, pensioners barely eke out an existence, and other vulnerable groups suffer, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported.

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