Broomes sweeps Regent St Stores; several irregularities found

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By Jomo Paul

Minister Broomes interacting with employees of a Regent Street Store. [iNews' Photo]
Minister Broomes interacting with employees of a Regent Street Store. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Junior Minister of Social Protection, Simona Broomes on Tuesday September 08, conducted a spontaneous inspection at on Regent Street establishments following several complaints by employees of irregularities.

According to Broomes, the Ministry has been hearing several complaints with varying degrees of seriousness hence a decision was taken to do the impromptu inspection.

The inspection witnessed in part by iNews revealed several irregularities at some of the stores while others seemed to be in check with the labour laws and operating standards.

At a Cambio, the owner was instructed to pay an employee some three weeks salary after she was arbitrarily dismissed and had made a complaint to the Ministry about the manner in which she was given marching orders.

Over at B&J fashion, it was revealed that some of the employees are not told of their entitlement to two-weeks per annum vacation leave. One of the employees working at the store for over six years had only taken time off once – her maternity leave.

Minister Broomes interacting with employees of a Regent Street Store. [iNews' Photo]
Minister Broomes interacting with employees of a Regent Street Store. [iNews’ Photo]
At that entity too, the Ministry discovered of non-working fire extinguishers and blocked fire escapes. The Minister and her team also had a run in with a Chinese business proprietor, who was seemingly upset with the surprise inspection and spoke to the Minister in mandarin after speaking to a customer in English.

“Y’all stop this drama thing that y’all ain’t understanding English, y’all know good English. You know to tell me you selling hat,” retorted Minister Broomes.

Minister Broomes interacting with an employee of a Regent Street Store. [iNews' Photo]
Minister Broomes interacting with an employee of a Regent Street Store. [iNews’ Photo]
It was revealed that the entity was paying workers salaries under the minimum wage at just $34,000 per month when the minimum wage is just over $49,000 monthly.

Broomes urged all the employers to correct the irregularities with immediate effect.

“The amount of complaints that we have been receiving from Regent Street…what we find in most cases is non compliance…there is no pay slip, there is no record. NIS is being deducted but it is not being paid,” said the Social Protection Minister.

She said that the workers are not just “store boys and store girls” but rather employees and should be treated as such.

23 COMMENTS

  1. INDIRA SINGH, YOU ARE ONE HELL OF A BLOGGER ! YOU ARE IN A CATEGORY ALL BY YOURSELF . YOUR LOGIC IS DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW, MUCH LESS ANSWER. GOOD NITE !!!

  2. Anything other than PPP will not sound,smell or taste right for you down trodden losers,,,do something for your country,wake up,

  3. At lease she is doing her job ,,Unlike the way your idols Eg Jenny Wildwest was doing hers,,Congrats to all the excellent progress being made in Guyana,,,CONGRATULATIONS BROOMS sweep them in order,,,

  4. She sounds trashy, but you sound stupid. I am sure that if you were on the end of not being paid a proper wage to live and feed your family, you would be saying something different. The chinese can come into Guyana, walk all over “al yu” and you would just bow down and accept their SH…., Guyana is your country, stand up for what is RIGHT.

  5. You are sad. Go to China and see how they will talk to you. In the U.S. they speak English when doing business. Guyanese are prepared to be treated like dogs in their own country.

  6. “This Broom woma is an ignar” That might be so, but what has that to do with the story? The woman is slapping tar to make sure that the abuses of the lowest paid workers are addressed. What are you doing exactly?
    You can actually encourage her to put an end to the abuses instead of finding unrelated stories to nitpick.

  7. The impact of the sacking of the incompetent, redundant or thieving workers would not have been so heavy if the positions had not been stacked with persons from one race in the first place. Do you mean to tell me that only Indian people were qualified for all those positions? Did all others people become dunce overnight? We cannot now claim discrimination while we stood by and encouraged the former government to barefacedly practice discriminatory behaviour throughout the length and breath of Guyana. Please don’t point to the token Blacks and Amerindians. We all saw what their functions were; to terrorize and malign Blacks and Amerindians who did not conform.

  8. People have a lot of crap to talk now that someone is addressing issues that should not have been allowed to fester for as long as they did.
    Folks would do well to be part of or encourage positive change instead of sniping and hanging on to foolishness like Broome’s use of Guyanese lingo.
    Focus on why she was there and who she was there to represent. Guyanese workers being taken advantage of!
    I have never seen this level of dissent due too party and race. Yes, I said it because that is exactly what it is! Get a grip! People need to step out of their narrow senses of entitlement and irrational beliefs about the right and capability of others to run this country and let the Guyanese people reap the benefits of those interested in their welfare.

  9. In this country there is no job. Government cannot create job and let the small businesses thrive and employ poor people. They have invested money and have taken big risk. Let the government protect the investors fist and then enforce strict rules. We cannot expect small businesses pay big salary or minimum wages and NIS. Also try to understand that people work for low wages because there is no better job.

  10. it might be funny to you but its not to me…the minister is talking like a Guyanese and you understand her very well and so did the Chinese woman so you stop your nonsence Valesha Gomanie

  11. I HAVE THREE QUESTIONS TO ASK : 1]SINCE WHEN IT IS A MINISTER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO ORDER AN EMPLOYER TO PAY A DISMISSED EMPLOYEE THREE WEEK’S PAY? ISN’T THAT THE WORK OF A LABOUR OFFICER ? 2]WHO CAN THE THOUSANDS OF WORKERS DISMISSED ARBITRARILY BY TH GOVT COMPLAIN TO? 3] ISN’T THE GOVT SETTING A BAD EXAMPLE BY THE WAY IT IS TREATING ITS OWN EMPLOYEES ?

  12. Valesha, what about your grammar? “Did this woman went to school” Your slip is showing. Dont throw stones honey. It is clear to an ex English teacher you would have received a F in my class.

  13. Congratulations are in order to the administration and Minister Brooms get their exploiting ass. These are dogs that have grown accustomed to taking advantage of their employees because the previous crooks allowed them to get away with their criminal acts. These Chinese are the worst they will do anything for profits. Please stay on them Minister Brooms. Check on the Indian store that demands their employees buy their own toilet paper. THese people are Neanderthals. Greedy bastards. Minister Brooms please do not let the naysayers stop you. People will criticize no matter what.

  14. This Broom woman is an ignar so lets leave it as is. I must add that this Broom woman went to Princess Hotel but did not want to be in line so went up the line and told an employee there that I is minister Broomes. She used her status to get ahead of all others that were in the line.

  15. FUNNY FUNNY FUNNY! This woman is a minister of the APNU/AFC and telling a Chinese origin to speak ENGLISH to her when she is using language that cannot be found in the English dictionary! Can someone explain what this is ““Y’all stop this drama thing that y’all ain’t understanding English, y’all know good English. You know to tell me you selling hat,” retorted Minister Broomes.”….Did this woman went to school? What a disgrace to have such people representing Guyana! One by one these un-educated fools are exposing themselves.

  16. What is your Ministry doing to enforce compliance from the Employers? Employees have been abused by employers far too long, this is the reason they have ignored the law. It has to be enforced!

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