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Government again justifies the construction of the Marriott Hotel – 8th Mar 2013

marriottOn Thursday the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) facilitated a stakeholders meeting, which was aimed at shedding some light on the treatment of Guyanese workers.

There were frank exchanges between the participants who included members of the Labour Movement, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, Junior Finance Minister Juan Edghill and Head of the Privatisation Unit, Winston Brassington.

The session was held at the Critchlow Labour College.

GTC Secretary Lincoln Lewis believes that if the Government is going to use the argument that there is a shortage of skilled workers, then the Government should hold itself accountable.

Political commentator and Chartered Accountant, Christopher Ram questioned the transparency of the Marriott Hotel project. He said the contract between the Government and the Chinese company was negotiated poorly.

But Head of the Privatisation Unit, Winston Brassington, said that the Government investment contracts are of an international standard. Brassington said the focus of the Marriott hotel project is simply to create long term employment for the local labour force.

The Government has so far, poured in just around 10 million US dollars of Guyanese tax payers’ money into the project and has not yet announced a single investor for the project.

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