The Mahaica Mahaicony Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA-ADA) and the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) guarantying the entities mutual grounds for the recognition, avoidance and settlement of disputes.GPSU First Vice President, Dawn Gardener and General Manager of the MMA-ADA, Aubrey Charles display the MoAThe MoA signing also ensures that the GPSU regains its position as the sole bargaining agent for the Authority. This was according to GPSU First Vice President, Dawn Gardener during the signing exercise at the Ministry of Social Protection, Department of Labour.Gardener, in recognising the accomplishment of the agencies, noted that the MoA stands as the first step towards the development of MMA-ADA, given that the Union is now solely responsible for ensuring the rights of these public servants.“The Guyana Public Service Union is proud today in signing this [recognition] agreement with the MMA and history will have it, it’s not the first agreement because the Union was once the bargaining for the workers at MMA….but the Union has now regained its position as it relates to the bargaining unit for the workers at MMA and this is because the workers recognise the strength and the ability of the Union”, she stated.Additionally, Gardener pointed out that the Collective Labour Agreements (CLA) which usually regulates the terms and conditions of employees at work, is yet to be signed. This, she added, will be done before the end of the year. The CLA includes the management of wages, benefits, and duties of the employees.“After this, we’ll have with management, the collective agreement signed, we’ll work and done and have the signing of that. That should be finished before the end of the year because collectively, we’ll work on that.” Gardener noted.Meanwhile, General Manager of the MMA-ADA, Aubrey Charles expressed satisfaction with the Union’s interest of the workers’ representation noting that it [the Union] is the means by which workers become more aware of their rights.“Today we have closed another chapter in the journey as it relates to workers’ rights and what the Union stands for…. however, we appreciate that because it helps in development of workers and it has made workers more aware of their rights,” Charles said.The signing of the MoA was conducted in the presence of Chief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle along with representatives of the two agreeing parties.
Conrad GallagherDONEGAL chef Conrad Gallagher is in trouble again – and could face jail over it.A default judgment of $137,565 (€110,400) has been registered in New York against the Letterkenny man and Paul Hurley, his business partner in the Purple Fig restaurant in Manhattan. The pair were sued over unpaid wages by staff.The restaurant, located on the Upper West Side, closed in 2012 after a series of bad reviews, with the New York Post awarding it zero stars out of five under a headline titled: “Fig-get about eating here”.A formal investigation is now under way into Gallagher, who was made bankrupt in South Africa in 2009, and left a trail of debts behind him in Ireland again two years ago.He claimed he didn’t own the Fig Leaf and was merely a consultant.Hurley says Gallagher was responsible for paying the staff.However Dubliner Hurley has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of failing to pay $100,000 in wages to staffers at one of his other businesses.He did a plea deal with the New York State Attorney General’s Office has allowed him to avoid a jail sentence.Now a new investigation is under way.Former workers are pursuing the civil case – and there may now also be a criminal investigation.Gallagher was last believed to be in Orange County, California, where he was running an outside catering company called Vanity Catering & Events.His website for the business however crashed in November and has been down since.DONEGAL CHEF CONRAD COULD FACE JAIL FOR FAILING TO PAY WAGES OF NEW YORK STAFF was last modified: December 14th, 2014 by John2Share 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:chefConrad Gallagherlawsuitnew york