Guyana: local workers dissents recruitment of foreigners for oil sector jobs

Guyana: local workers dissents recruitment of foreigners for oil sector jobs
Guyana: local workers dissents recruitment of foreigners for oil sector jobs

The hiring of foreigners by the Government in the sector is being protested by the unions of the workers in the local oil and gas sectors.

According to a given statement by the Guyana Agriculture and General Workers Union stated that it is unacceptable that foreigners are getting into the sector, and at the same time, the Government of Guyana is also giving preference to the foreign workers instead of Guyanese workers.

The Union cited that there are some specific reports those stated that according to Government, the foreigners are being employed because there are certain tasks within the sector that the Guyanese workers cannot do. On the other hand, the jobs that could be performed by Guyanese workers are also being transferred to the foreigners.

In recent days the well known foreign company has been recruiting nationals from other countries for work like the driving, mechanic and other simple trades. The Union said that these are the jobs that could be taken by the locals, which are being transferred to the foreigners by the Government.

In their reply, GAWU stated that from the starting, the local workers are well skilled for doing enough jobs 2020 given in the oil sector, and many times several government ministers urged the oil companies to hire sugar workers who were previously displaced.

According to some reports, the workers from other Nations working in Guyana are being benefited by the housing subsistence and several allowances, whereas the local workers are being excluded from getting these allowances.

GAWU said locals continue to be treated less favourably than foreigners in the sector and has been forced to operate under poorer conditions. The Union said it considers the treatment of Guyanese workers disrespectful and discriminatory.

The Union said it hopes that the Government can pay attention to Guyanese involvement in the sector in the Local Content Legislation.