Labour Dept invites employers to discuss COVID-19 contingency plans

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

The Ministry of Social Protection’s Labour Department is inviting employers to come in and discuss contingency plans for this staff to help reduce the transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Chief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle noted with the current plans being implemented by businesses there is the likelihood of reduced employment.

“As a consequence, the spending power of workers would be reduced and this would eventually impact the economic structure of the country,” Ogle said.

He further noted that, that several employers have implemented the staff rotation system advised by the Public Service Department, while others are contemplating temporary closures.

The Department of Public Service approved staff rotation measures for public servants to prevent clustering at the workplaces during the period March 16 – 27, 2020.

The Chief Labour Officer called on employers who are facing challenges concerning the ongoing situation to contact the Labour Department for advice.

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