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- Government of Guyana funded Youth skills training programmes offer job and economic opportunities through training and empowermnt. The school uniform programme targets the poor nationwide; 26,000 children benefitted annually in Years 2007-2009 including those from hinterland communities.
18.The Constitution of Guyana guarantees the right to work, the right to hold industrial strikes, the right to associate and the right to collective bargain; all these laws adhere to ILO standards as well as other human rights instruments.
19.The Ministry of Labour, Human Services and Social Security is responsible for overseeing Guyana’s labour law implementation and facilitates mediation n industrial disputes.
20.Guyana’s labour laws include equal pay for equal work. There is the Equal Rights Act No. 19 of 1990 that clearly provides for the concept of ‘equal work equal remuneration’ by removing gender distinction in the work place. Other labour laws that protect citizens’ equal rights are: (i) The Prevention of Discrimination Act (ii) the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act (Act No. 10 of 1997) and (iii) the Racial Hostility Act.
21.Guyana has the Trade Union Recognition Act No. 33 of 1997 and its 2009 Amendment, which ensures the constitutionally protective right to join, be part of a trade union and to be recognised.
22.There are two umbrella trade union bodies, the Guyana Trade Union Congress (GTUC) representing 7 trade unions with a total membership of 15,000 and the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) representing 4 trade unions with a total membership of 35,000.
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14. • The Single Parent Assistance Programme (29 percent female headed households) was introduced in 2009. This porgramme offers skills training or retraining, assistance with day care costs and project funds to start micro-economic activity. In its first year, 700 single-headed household (majority female) benefitted from the Programme across the ten administrative regions;
NATIONAL REPORT OF GUYANA ON FOLLOW-UP AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MANDATES OF THE DECLARATION OF COMMITMENT OF THE V SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS – PORT-OF-SPAIN (Guyana 2010)