Concessions to Exxon's foreign workers proof of Guyana Govt's neglect for locals
By Kaieter News
Petroleumworld 06 05 2018
The Government has a responsibility to local workers first and must not be swayed by foreign interests.
This was the assertion of President of the National Mine Workers' Union of Guyana, Sherwyn Downer. He was at the time responding to reports which have surfaced that Government has granted concessions to expatriate employees of ExxonMobil here.
“Government has clearly shown that they are not interested in the welfare of local workers because of this very strange move to grant employees of ExxonMobil concessions. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this decision by the Government,” Downer stated.
Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo recently highlighted that the Government has allowed ExxonMobil to bring a driller or someone to drive a tractor, but because that person is a foreigner, he gets duty free concessions.
“The presence of ExxonMobil in our country has caused our leaders to be distracted from the real issues facing Guyanese workers. This is evident by the concessions we are giving up to the company's foreign workers. We are deeply disappointed that our Government has granted preferential treatment to foreign workers,” Downer stated.
He explained that what is astounding is that local workers will work alongside locals doing the same work. In many cases, he said, the same work for less pay.
Jagdeo has indicated that such concessions should not be part of any agreement. He stated that this was the case with Omai Agreement.
“You cannot bring in a foreman and he gets all these concessions over a Guyanese foreman,” Jagdeo stated. ”
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