first_imgThe Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) in its continued staff development drive, conducted a one-day intense training for several categories of employees from various departments.The training was facilitated by National Insurance Scheme (NIS) and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) officials.The facilitator from GRA going through his sessionRegional Executive Officer (REO) Pauline Lucas disclosed that the training sought to better educate the staff on a number of NIS and GRA matters pertaining to payments, filing of returns and other documents, Government’s two per cent on certain payments among other critically important issues.The REO pointed out that such training is pertinent in ensuring that the employees from the RDC can better serve and respond to the public’s concerns on various matters.“This is part of our efforts to ensure that we become more effective and efficient, thus delivering enhanced service to all. We as a region recognises that if we are going to better serve the public that we must be knowledgeable of all issues, thus better serving those that we come into contact with. As such, as the REO, it’s my responsibility to ensure that optimum training is available to employees so that they can better serve,” she said.Employees representing several departments attended the training, which according to the REO, forms part of the Region’s 2018 focus on enhancing training for staff at all categories. Among some of the departments that staff was drawn from were Education, Accounts, Health, Engineering, Registry, Personnel, NDCs and administration.The Region Four REO noted that such training was executed regularly as they recognised the importance of better educating their employees, who in turn would better educate the public. She promises that they will continue on the path of executing several training forums, noting that each section of the Region has training geared at enhancing the skills and knowledge of every level of employees.“We as a region are responsible in equipping our staff with the right knowledge, skills, and tools to better deliver and that is what I can assure you that I will continue to do as the REO,” she promised.Commenting on the training that was provided, several employees thanked the REO for bringing the training to them, stressing that they were now more equipped to better serve the general public.The staff noted that such an aggressive plan of regular training would certainly boost their efficiency, adding that the public could be guaranteed a better service.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Genevieve Allen stressed the need for more training, declaring that it all served in better improving the continued quality of care being offered by the Region.last_img read more

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairPresident of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU), Patrick Yarde is once again expressing great disgust over the current salaries and benefits public servants are receiving, as he disclosed on Wednesday that the body’s executive council will soon meet for discussions on charting the way forward for improved wages.This comes weeks after the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) inked a deal with Government for retroactive salary increases and benefits between eight and 12 per cent. In Yarde’s view, public servants are receiving “poverty payments” for salaries.Speaking to reporters at the GPSU’s headquarters, the executive noted that he is prepared to go as high as the sky – percentage wise – a position he will emphasise when the Executive Council meets later this week. While being tightlipped on the proposed numbers, Yarde observed that the meeting will includeGPSU President Patrick Yardediscussions on whether there will be changes to the GPSU’s 2015 three-year proposal given the outcome of Government’s multi-year deal with teachers.“[It will] be determined by the constitutional body if there is evidence for us to consider higher or lower; we could go to the sky for the limit. Lots of public servants receive poverty payments; lots of their ends can’t meet with what they’re getting. There is no question with whether we will pursue the best we will get,” the GPSU head detailed.The long-time union President also said despite the assurances given, the negotiations would usually drag out to the end of the year, a practice he expected would cease after 2015. He in fact noted that he wrote President David Granger after the GPSU could not schedule ready meetings with the Department of Public Service’s Permanent Secretary but since then, the position is now vacant, according to Yarde.“When it became vacant, I wrote the President another letter saying that there was now nobody there to speak to for the situation to be remedied. There was a series of things that was happening and now he is ill so at our Executive Council meeting on Friday, we will determine how to proceed to deal with this matter,” Yarde outlined.He told the press that when the Union submitted its three-year proposal in 2015, benefits for 2018 were included. He claimed that the Union is currently in a “peculiar situation” as the talks are dragging on. He expressed that union members are calling on the GPSU to conduct more workplace visits which the body will soon commence.“I am not going to arbitrarily determine anything that is being done; this is a democratic union, it is transparent and I will weigh the outcome of those decisions,” Yarde expressed.Final offerIn October 2017, Minister of State Joseph Harmon had announced Government’s final offer which outlined an eight per cent increase for public service employees earning between $55,000 and $99,999. He had disclosed that public servants earning between $100,000 and $299,999 would have received an increase of six per cent, while workers earning between $300,000 and $500,000 were offered a five per cent increase.He added that those earning between $500,000 and $699,999 have been offered a four per cent increase while those earning $700,000 to $799,999 are being offered a two per cent increase. Employees earning between $800,000 and $1 million were proposed a 0.5 per cent increase while those earning above $1 million have been ‘red circled and will benefit from no increases’.At that time, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Presidency, Reginald Brotherson had indicated that the increases were expected to account for some $3.6 billion to the national wages bill. Speaking on these differentiated salary increases on Wednesday, the Union President reminded that Minister Harmon’s proposals were in keeping with the recommendations as outlined in the Commission of Inquiry into the public service. Yarde told reporters that this was one of the principal recommendations with which the Union was not in agreement as it remains to be seen if public service advocates will be able to clinch a similar or more lucrative deal than what was obtained by teachers.last_img read more

first_imgIN DONEGAL: JOSEPH MCCABETWO of the North’s most wanted criminals are living in Co Donegal.Convicted rapist Joseph McCabe (29) and violent burglar Casey Morgan (18) had been living in Burtonport.They are so dangerous Gardai and the PSNI have said they should not be approached. The pair have been staying in a caravan beside a home after asking the unsuspecting person living in the house if they could stay there.Now they are living at an address in Dungloe.Their pictures have been released by Northern police.Gardai detained the men and a judge ordered them to stay at an address in Dungloe so they could monitor their movements. Morgan has been missing in breach of his licence conditions in the North since the morning of March 13 last.A PSNI spokesman said: “Police have taken the step of warning the public about a high-risk violent offender, Casey Morgan, and to ask for assistance in identifying his current whereabouts as there is a licence recall order out for his arrest and he poses a high risk of causing serious harm.”He is described as being around 5ft 11in, of medium build, with short dark brown hair, and he has a pierced left eyebrow.When last seen he was wearing dark tracksuit bottoms, a white sweat top with red and black bands, a black zip jacket, black trainers and a camouflage-print baseball cap.Registered sex offender Joseph McCabe was out of jail on licence after serving half of a 14-year prison sentence when he went missing on April 2. Belfast man McCabe was jailed for 14 years in 2006 for raping and burgling a 64-year-old woman in her north Belfast home as she lay in bed reading.At the time, the sentencing judge said that McCabe had subjected his victim to a “terrifying, prolonged ordeal.”The judge described the attack as a “violent sexual offence carried out with significant gratuitous violence”.A PSNI spokesman said: “Joseph McCabe (29) is described as being 6ft tall, with short, dirty, fair hair.” CASEY MORGAN: WANTEDREVEALED: VIOLENT RAPIST AND BURGLAR PAL LIVING IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 5th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:REVEALED: VIOLENT RAPIST AND BURGLAR PAL LIVING IN DONEGALlast_img read more