The Government of Guyana is being accused of violating the labour laws by issuing contracts to firms which pay persons below the minimum wage.The Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) is asking that the Administration address the issue where security guards and being paid below the minimum wage while they perform duties at Government locations.Addressing the RDC, People’s Progressive Party Councillor Zamal Hussain criticised the Administration for awarding contracts to security companies at rates which makes it impossible for firms to pay guards wages at the minimum level or above.He told the RDC that Government is contributing to the company breaking the law.“The persons working with the company are being paid below the minimum wage, they are not being paid overtime and they are not given proper treatment. In fact, some of them are in arrears with their creditors,” he pointed out.Hussain said some of the underpaid guards perform duties at the compound of the RDC. Others, he said were at schools health centres and hospitals in the region.“The blame is coming to the region. I am pleading to the RDC and the Government that when they make out these contracts they have ground rules that persons must at least receive the minimum wage as stipulated by the Government.”This publication was told that the guards are paid at a rate which represents two-thirds of the stipulated minimum wage.Meanwhile, at a recent meeting held with the guards and the company which has the contract to pervade security services to Government buildings in Region Six, the guards complained of poor working conditions and also of the low wages.The Chief Executive Officer of that company allegedly told the guards to take him to the Social Protection Ministry, which holds the responsibility for labour, and if they were not successful with the New Amsterdam office they should take the matter up with the head office in Georgetown.
Henry shouldn’t have the customary nerves that come with playing Woods since he has spent time with him as a member of the Ryder Cup team. Woods took all four of the Ryder Cup rookies out to dinner and Henry was one of them. Woods is no lock to win in match-play events. He lost in a first-round match to Shaun Micheel at the World Match Play Championship last year. “I’m looking forward to it,” Henry said. “This will be my first chance to play in a world match-play event. So to get an opportunity to play, and then of course to play against Tiger, is something that, win or lose, I’m going to have a lot of fun.” Kim lights it up: Anthony Kim worked a hot putter and shot a final-round 64 at the Nissan to finish in a tie for ninth. It’s his second top-10 finish in seven events on the PGA Tour. Kim, the youngest player on tour at 21, finished at 8 under for the tournament, eight shots behind Phil Mickelson and Charles Howell III, who won in a three-hole playoff. Kim, who grew up in Studio City, lost his passport, so he’s not sure if he’ll be able to play in this week’s Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun in Mexico. Charl Schwartzel withdrew, allowing Henry, the first alternate, to get in. But Henry’s first-round match will be against top-ranked Tiger Woods. “I was pretty excited,” Henry said. “I happened to be talking to Mark Russell (one of the directors) and he said, `You’re in.’ I said, `You’ve got to be kidding me.’ I was all excited and I birdied 17, and I had a chance on 18. But it’s a chance for being 64th and having the opportunity to play Tiger, and how could you not relish a chance to play with the best player in the world?” Ernie improving: Ernie Els tied for third, three shots back, along with Robert Allenby and Jim Furyk. Els started the day with a hot streak, going 4 under on the front nine despite missing a short birdie putt on the ninth. “I was really good at times, and then when I missed it, I was pretty bad,” Els said. “I got the ball up and down numerous times, and that’s all I’ll say. Looking at everything, I think the tournament I played was pretty good, the way I hit it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PACIFIC PALISADES – J.J. Henry wasn’t even finished with his final round of the Nissan Open when he got the news that some would call good and others frightening. He was walking up to the 17th hole when a tournament director for the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship told him he just got in the tournament this week.