PU&GWU fully supports review of ExxonMobil contract

first_imgDear Editor,The People’s United and General Workers Union (PU&GWU) sees the move by the APNU/AFC Government to review the 1999 ExxonMobil contract as an excellent and clever one, and the Government should be applauded and fully complimented for such a move, since the Government will have an opportunity to make new proposals that can modify, improve and remove any deficiency that the contract may contained. The contract was made between ExxonMobil and the former PPP/C Government since 1999 (over 17 years ago), we are now in the year 2016 and we have a new government which have the full right to review and make changes to any contract that was signed by the previous Administration and also from the time the contract was made to this year 2016, the price and other conditions surrounding the oil market have changed globally; for example, Venezuela has proven oil reserves in 2013 (297.6 billion barrels), total oil supply in 2012 (thousand barrels per day): 2489.2.Venezuela surpassed Saudi Arabia last year to become the holder of the largest oil reserves in the world but yet still Venezuela is facing serious economic crisis, so having oil is one thing but managing it productively in a sustainable manner is another thing and the APNU/AFC Government needs to take these realities surrounding the oil market, including the Venezuela situation, into deep consideration during the review process of the1999 ExxonMobil contract, etc.Editor, the PU&GWU without the shadow of a doubt is confident that the 1999 ExxonMobil contract needs to be reviewed and modified; hence, the Government needs to make a new draft and enter into negotiation with ExxonMobil so that the contract can be amended to accommodate and include: (a)the Government drafted proposal should provide for ExxonMobil to finance and establish a school in Guyana that will teach, train and equip Guyanese with certificates that will qualify them to be employed with ExxonMobil when the company goes into full operations, etc; (b)the Government draft should include the percentage of Guyanese that will be employed with the company as against how many expatriates will be employed, eg Guyanese should at all times be the higher percentage of employees to be employed with the company; (c) the Government draft should include a clause that provides for Guyanese to enjoy international payment rates, benefits, working conditions and safety standards, etc; and (d) the Government draft should include all international requirements that an oil rig company have to meet to conduct its operations in the oil industry, etc.Editor, when ExxonMobil goes into full operation and production, most of the oil produced by the company may have to be shipped to overseas markets; as such, the APNU/AFC Government without any hesitation should swiftly move in the direction to establish a deepwater harbour at Berbice River, which is an essential point of transit for incoming people and goods. Primarily, deepwater harbours are fundamental to the movement of exports and imports from and to a country.In the Caribbean, the Port of Bridgetown in Barbados has immensely increased trade activities on the island and drastically boosted the tourism sector.Barbados’ deepwater harbour now acts as a homeport for many of the Britain­based cruise ship lines operating in the Caribbean Region, directly impacting the tourism sector and ultimately the economy, owing to the revenue generated from tourists who are almost always willing to spend.The deepwater harbour will not just benefit the ExxonMobil Company to transship its oil, but it will also improve the maritime sector in Guyana and boost business in the shipping sector, generate revenue for the country’s economy, create jobs for Guyanese and strengthen, improve and qualify Guyana’s port to meet international safety and security standards, etc.The Social Protection Ministry’s Labour Department and Guyana’s maritime sector needs to be equipped with safety officers who are exports that have the full knowledge and qualifications as it relates to safety on oil rigs so they can highlight breaches of any safety rules or laws which can endanger the life of workers, etc.In closing, the People’s United and General Workers Union wishes to state that if the APNU/AFC Government does not manage Guyana’s resources properly and also if it does not sign good contracts with foreign companies operating in Guyana, such as ExxonMobil, Guyana can end up in a crisis and Guyana will continue to remain a Third World country, etc.Yours truly,Micah WilliamsGeneral SecretaryThe People’s Unitedand General WorkersUnionlast_img read more

Choose from seven nominees for Sports Person of the Week, with O’Reilly’s

first_imgIT WAS A busy week for sport in Donegal – and we have seven nominees for this week’s Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub Sports Person of the Week, in association with O’Reilly’s.Each weekly award winner will receive a kitbag, a jacket and a bobble hat, supplied by O’Reilly’s.The award winner will be chosen via a public vote from a shortlist selected by our panel. O’Reilly’s Sportswear was founded in 2017 by well-known Twin Towns sporting brothers Steven and Martin O’Reilly.This week’s poll closes at noon on Friday – cast your vote! Please note that our voting system allows only one vote per IP address.CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTEDaniel Brennan (St Naul’s) St Naul’s ended their Intermediate Championship hoodoo on Sunday as they defeated Cloughaneely 1-10 to 0-10 in the final. Daniel Brennan arched over two superb points at the end to seal the deal. It was Brennan who scored the first half goal that ultimately proved the key score in the game.Dylan Browne-McMonagle (Letterkenny)AT Navan last Wednesday, Letterkenny jockey Dylan Browne-McMonagle bagged his first track winner when he guided 20/1 shot Jumellea to victory. Browne-McMonagle followed that up on Sunday by taking 5/4 Njord to a win at the Curragh.Natasha Kelly (Finn Valley AC)At the Donegal Novice Cross-Country Championships last Sunday in Mullaghderg, Finn Valley AC won the individual and team events in the male and female categories. An impressive display by Natasha Kelly saw her win the women’s race and also lead the way for her team.Evelyn McGinley (Termon) AFTER a four-year absence, Termon are back in the Ulster senior final again after eking out a 1-9 to 2-5 win over St Macartans on Sunday at The Burn Road. Geraldine McLaughlin did the bulk of the scoring, with a deadly 1-8, but Evelyn McGinley had a powerful hour in the maroon. McGinley had an excellent hour, constantly driving Termon forward.Caolan McGonagle (Buncrana)BUNCRANA came from four points down to defeat Letterkenny Gaels in Saturday’s Junior final in O’Donnell Park. Caolan McGonagle led the comeback for Buncrana. The Donegal player landed a couple of majestic scores at critical times and it was his lung-bursting run that teed up Darach O’Connor’s goal in added time.Caroline Sharkey (Naomh Muire Ladies) It was a historic Sunday at The Banks as Naomh Muire defeated Con Magees from Antrim to reach the Ulster Junior Ladies final. It will be Naomh Muire’s first time at provincial final level and the Lower Rosses side had to do it the hard way as they needed extra time. Caroline Sharkey scored one of the extra time goals and also hit the net in normal time.Susanne White (Killybegs)ALTHOUGH Killybegs lost out to Milford in Sunday’s minor ladies semi-final, Susanne White had the shooting boots on. White scored a stunning 3-11 for Killybegs. While Milford won 6-6 to 3-14, White’s tally was one of the weekend highlights.CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTEChoose from seven nominees for Sports Person of the Week, with O’Reilly’s was last modified: October 16th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:O’Reilly’sSports Person of the Weeklast_img read more