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One Guyanese company benefits from some aspects of Marriott construction process – 21st Feb 2013

royo marriottAmidst all the criticism about Guyanese being hired on the Marriott construction project, at least one Guyanese company is benefiting from some aspects of the construction process.

Capitol News understands, that BK construction has been contracted to provide concrete for the site and would have his staff over at the site, only when deliveries are to be made or concrete is to be poured.

The Marriott construction project, which has so far eaten up over 2 billion dollars of taxpayers’ money, has come under severe criticism from various groups in Guyana, including trade Unions, political parties, private individuals and civil society organisations, for the fact that no Guyanese labour has been employed on the project.

The Minister of Labour has said that while he would like to see Guyanese workers alongside their Chinese counterparts, in some cases there will have to be concessions. He said the Chinese firm is complying with all the relevant Labour laws.

Explanations have also been given by Government officials about Chinese labour being sourced cheaper and that when completed, the Hotel will provide some 200 jobs for Guyanese. Those claims have however been dismissed by persons opposing the decision, some of whom have pointed to the fact that Guyanese taxpayers are paying for the construction of the Marriot.

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