Dreylan Johnson

GPSU says new union not certified to represent GGMC workers

-accuses agency, ministry of colluding in withholding union dues

The Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) yesterday said it remains the only legally-recognised representative of Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) workers and accused the agency and the Natural Resources Ministry of colluding to breach the labour laws by withholding the payment of dues from workers who have joined a new union.

GDF probe found no evidence of joint services role in Lindo Creek killings

-CoI hears

-photos of dead men leads to dispute over camouflage clothing The internal investigation into claims against the Joint Services, which alleged that they were responsible for the Lindo Creek murders, were found to be unsubstantiated, a GDF officer yesterday testified, stating that it was the use of camouflage and presence of military grade ammunition that may have suggested otherwise.

PUC fines power company over failures

-says since 1999 system losses have totalled over US$400m

The Guyana Power and Light (GPL) has been fined by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), for failing to meet six of its eight performance targets in 2017, including in the areas of power interruptions and system losses.

Mixed views continue on GWI’s bid for rate hikes

-public has up to April 20 to voice opinions

Yesterday, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) met for the third hearing on the Guyana Water Incorporated’s (GWI) application for a hike in rates, where attendees raised concerns over the measurement of water consumption, with the rate for pensioners being the most questioned.

Municipalities keeping unspent subvention funds

-PS tells PAC

There was approximately $60 million in unspent funds lying in special accounts across municipalities at the end of 2016, and a significant portion of that money is still unspent, according to Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Communities Emile McGarrell, who said it was determined that the money did not have to be returned to the Consolidated Fund.

UG hikes service fees

-student society says increases unlawful

Following the announcement of hikes in administrative fees at the Turkeyen and Tain campuses of the University of Guyana (UG), the students’ society yesterday called the move unlawful and urged the student body to stand in solidarity against the increases.