MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE IN MINISTER OF LABOUR, MANSOOR NADIR--PRESS RELEASE Wednesday 7 April 2010.




The Laws of Guyana, particularly the Labour Act Cap. 98:01 and the Trade Union Recognition Act, Chapter 98:07 confer substantial powers on the Minister of Labour to take prompt and decisive action to settle cases of trade disputes and protect the rights of Guyanese workers. The powers include:

a) inquiring into the causes and circumstances of the difference;
b) taking such steps as to him may seem expedient for the purpose of promoting a settlement of the difference; and,
c) with the consent of both parties to the difference, or of either of them, or without their consent, refer the matter for settlement to the arbitration of an arbitration tribunal consisting of one or more persons appointed by the Minister.

In addition, the Government of Guyana is a signatory to ILO Conventions Nos. 87, 98, 135,154,158 and 163 which impose the obligation on the Government to protect and advance the rights and interests of Guyanese workers.

Armed, as he is, with these powers and obligations, we can only conclude that the failure of the Minister, to protect and uphold the legally entitled rights of the workers, under the 3-year duration (2008-2010) Collective Labour Agreement (C.L.A), between the recognised Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (G.B. & G.W.U.) and the RUSAL owned BCGI at Kwakwani, represent a gross and discriminatory dereliction of his responsibilities to the workers of Guyana.

In the circumstances, the PNCR has today submitted to the Clerk of the National Assembly the attached Motion of No Confidence in the Minister of Labour, Mr. Mansoor Nadir.


People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana
Wednesday 7 April 2010.