The Ministry of Social Protection today held a training session for its Labour Officers as one of the activities in observance of Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) month under the theme “Workplace Stress: A Collective Challenge”.
The session held at the Ministry’s Brickdam Office, focused on integrity, respect, innovation, commitment and professionalism.
Trainer, Dr. Dale Dan, Vice President of Operations, Teleperformace noted that innovation is vital to an organisation. She pointed to the need for constant training, growth and development of workers. Dr. Dan explained that in a work environment there will be problems, however, she noted that what is important, is how they are dealt with. “You are not going to like everybody and everybody is not going to like you, but understand in your commitment to this organisation, we have got to find a way of holding hands, let the link be air tight so that we can achieve those values and those goals.”
(Ministry of Social Protection- April 28, 2016) - The Ministry of Social Protection hosted an exhibition on safety and health in the workplace to mark Occupational Safety and Health (OS&H) Day 2016.
The exhibition was held along the Main Street Avenue to sensitise the public on OS&H in the workplace, particularly as it relates to this year's theme, "Workplace Stress: A Collective Challenge".
OS&H Day is observed annually on April 28, but Guyana hosts activities throughout the month of April to educate employees and employers about workplace safety and health. The exhibition featured booths from the Ministry, as well as stakeholders from both the private and public sectors.
Violation of labour regulations and employees’ rights and unacceptable levels of truancy among students dominated Linden residents’ concerns when they met recently with Minister of Social Protection, Mrs Volda Lawrence and Minister within the Ministry, Mr. Keith Scott.
The once-thriving bauxite-mining town of Linden, in Region Ten (Upper Demerara/Berbice) also want a dedicated safe space for youths, as well as a safe space for children and victims of domestic and other forms of abuse.
Minister Lawrence and her team also heard that Lindeners want a home for the elderly in the Region and alternative sentencing policies favourable for young and first time offenders who commit minor offences.
(Ministry of Social Protection-April 23, 2016)- The new approach to Social Protection has its basis in the reduction of poverty in families across Guyana so that everyone can enjoy a good life. Hence, any social transfer, particularly Public Assistance, given to citizens through this Ministry must be done with this in mind.
This is the charge that was given to persons appointed to serve on the Local Boards of Guardian for Linden and Kwakwani, Region Ten, which were installed on Friday at the Egbert Benjamin Hall, Linden.
“All that we are doing must be done in such a way that we impact the level of poverty because the overarching objective is to address poverty with the aim of reducing it and empowering families,” she said.
Workers, irrespective of the level at which they operate, have rights, and these must be honoured, Minister of Social Protection Volda Lawrence has emphasised.
The Minister added that employees must be valued and be satisfied if they are to perform their tasks effectively. She pointed out that workers must be happy and be able to function without fear of their employer.
The minister was at the time speaking at the launch of a book exhibition on Monday, hosted by the University of Guyana (UG) for Occupational Safety and Health (OS&H) Month.
It may come as a surprise to many of my fellow Guyanese as well as my comrades within the CARICOM family, that Guyana leads the way in the ratification of International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions. We exhibit the enviable and unchallenged record of having embraced and endorsed a total of 43 of those instruments, some of which have impacted our legislation in various ways while others serve to influence policies.
Among those conventions which we have ratified is convention number 155 which focuses on Occupational Safety and Health Act Chapter 99:10. Eventhough it was enacted in 1997 it still remains one of the most enlightened legal instruments of the 21st century.
Against the backdrop of that legislation coupled with our common- law commitment and obligations we were required to actively and vigorously pursue a philosophy of health and safety of employees and employers throughout the entire fabric of our society.
Indeed it may appear to be surprising when I say we are concerned with the safety and health of employers as well as employees but it is an inescapable fact that all stakeholders fall within the scope of our mandate.
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