GEORGETOWN, Guyana – October 7th,2020: Guyana’s Minister of Labour, Hon. Joseph Hamilton says there will no more slave camps while he is head of the Labour Ministry, according to a report in
This is necessary, he said, to address a litany of concerns, including poor working conditions and salaries for employees.
Minister Hamilton made the remark while addressing Councillors of the Lethem Township on a recent trip to Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo (Region Nine).
He emphasized the need for the rights of workers to be protected; stressing that no one will set up slave camps anymore in the country.
Minister Hamilton is quoted as saying, “My intention is to ensure that [in] every region outside of Region Four we have at least two Labour Officers, two Occupation, Safety and Health Officers, a Board of Industrial Training Officer, a Co-op Officer and an Officer for the Central Recruitment and Manpower Agency,”
He said persons from the regions would be trained to work in those areas and ministry will not have people from the coastland sent to work in the interior.
The ministers said officers may be in the various regions by latest June 2021 after the passage of the 2021 Budget and they will have to learn a foreign language, including Spanish, to effectively carry out their duties.