Minister of Labour Joseph Hamilton, while addressing Councilors of Lethem a recent trip to Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo in region nine, highlig hted that the notion of ‘slave camps’ must be abolished in Guyana. The Minister noted that under his watch, the rights of workers will be protected. He added trained staff must be stationed at outlying regions to ensure workers’ rights are protected against errant employers.
“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” Hamilton said.
Hamilton said that officers will have undergo training in foreign languages, including Spanish, to effectively carry out their duties. He also highlighted the importance of having labour officers from their respective regions.
Not from Georgetown, but from the region, and my intention is to ensure people are trained from this region and sent back to the region to work. I would not implant no coast lander on any hinterland region.