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GUYANA | Government denies policy on banning women from working at nights

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon. Minister of State, Joseph Harmon.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Sept 8, CMC – The Guyana government has denied suggestions that it has implement a policy preventing women working in security services at nights. “There is no policy position approved by Cabinet where there is to be a ban on any females working in security services at night,” said Minister of State, Joseph Harmon. “What we would ask is that the security companies acknowledge and recognise the conditions under which women should work and therefore they should acknowledge and recognise and provide those facilities for the women.” Harmon said that the David Granger government has had no debate on the matter and that the Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally “in that regard will have to bring a paper to Cabinet”. He said until Cabinet “deliberates on it …the situation remains as it is and that is to say that, women will continue to work whether day or night and there is no restriction on them, there is no restriction on their right to work.” Harmon said that the government will insist that employers, who hire women, must ensure that the conditions under which they work are suitable and if not, special arrangements must be made for the women employed in their workforce. “Government is always open to consultations, we are open to advice and what we will want is that the rights of workers are always protected; in that they receive the correct payment for the work they do, the conditions under which they work are suitable, and that the employees’ National Insurance Scheme (NIS) contributions are paid. “There is an obligation on the part of the employer and obligation on the part of the employee,” he added.
  • Countries: Guyana