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Government is being urged to take heed of the stark realities facing the country and to address in a pragmatic and comprehensive manner the terrible conditions revealed in the Guyana Labour Force Survey as at September 2017, which was produced by the Bureau of Statistics.The Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) said having reviewed the report, the organisation is convinced that the regular publication of such statistics is important but is critical for policymakers to come up with appropriate policies to address the day-to-day challenges people face.FITUG President Carvil DuncanFor the FITUG, the survey was certainly an eye-opener and brought out several important concerns which policymakers should not lose sight of. FITUG said the statistics are not comforting, especially taking into account the developments since the conclusion of the survey.It said while mention was not made of the poverty rate, it was disclosed before that 53 per cent of Guyanese either live in poverty or are vulnerable to impoverishment.Interestingly, the survey pointed out that less than half of the working-age population is actually employed. The Federation said it therefore begs the question what are the other half doing to get by. Moreover, the survey noted a decrease in the male employment rate between the 2012 census and the end of September 2017 and an increase in the female employment rate in the same period.While the coalition Government has been persistent in its appeal for Guyanese to become entrepreneurs as a means to achieving the ‘good life’ objective, the survey’s findings, on the other hand, has painted a very different picture, FITUG said. “We dismayingly learn that the self-employed, on average, earn about 23 per cent less than their counterparts who are in salaried employment. At this time, when the people are being pushed in this direction, is such a decision rational bearing in mind the realities that are prevailing?”Based on the survey, the unemployment rate has remained relatively unchanged falling marginally from 12.5 per cent in 2012 census to 12 per cent at the end of September 2017. FITUG said it would therefore be interesting to see what the rate would be at the end of March 2018 following the implementation of the mass redundancy in the sugar industry, which began in late 2017.According to the Federation, the survey also revealed that women represented more than half (50.7 per cent) of the unemployed though they account for 39.9 per cent of the labour force. This means that women have both a lower chance of getting a job and a higher possibility of being unemployed. As for youth unemployment, that figure remains alarmingly high and stood at 21.6 per cent last year.“For the thousands of graduates emerging from high school and university, this is not good news and belies the Government’s promise of jobs for youths. The situation of the youth is especially worrying considering that the survey advised that half the population is under 25 years and a quarter of those between 15 and 24 years are enrolled in educational institutions,” the FITUG added.Based on this survey, the Federation said it is convinced that a vast number of young people are looking for work or have become fed up with job hunting and may be encouraged or forced to take another path.The report also indicated that jobs are becoming more difficult to come by.Notwithstanding a national 40-hour work week, workers are working beyond the stipulated time, the survey also concluded.FITUG believes that the findings in this survey also serve to expose the fact that workers are forced to work beyond their normal time. This indicates that low rates-of-pay are being offered and the workers must work the extra hours in order to make ends meet.
6 Is this midfielder set to stay at Borussia Dortmund? Read all about it, below, then find out what link is being made between United and Barcelona, by clicking right – Manchester United appeared to be on the verge of landing Ilkay Gundogan, when the Germany midfielder announced he would not be agreeing a new deal with Borussia Dortmund. The 24-year-olds contract expires at the end of next season and would have commanded a fee of around £20million. But, the Red Devils have been handed a transfer blow with news the former Nurnberg star could be set to sign a new deal at the German giants. Gundogans agent, and his uncle, Ilhan has said: [Stay at Borussia Dortmund] This is clearly an option again. There are several things in favour of ?lkay finding (a way) back to his old level and doing that in a familiar, comfortable environment. Could this Aston Villa forward be the answer the Louis van Gaal is looking for? Read about it below and then click right to find out which winger is on his way to Turkey. – Manchester United have made an enquiry about Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, talkSPORT understands. The Belgian has been linked with a switch to Liverpool and Tottenham in recent weeks but the Red Devils are keen on the former Genk man. Its understood, for any deal to go through, the Red Devils will want the £32.5million release fee reduced though, which the Villans are reticent to do. 6 6 Is this midfielder on his way to Old Trafford? Read the latest below and then click right to find out the latest on a Man United Bundesliga target… – Atletico Madrids La Liga title victory in 2014 was built around the likes of Diego Costa, David Villa, Arda Turan, Felipe Luis, Thibaut Courtois and Toby Alderweield. While the majority of those stars have either returned to, or been snapped up by Chelsea, one man who could be on his way to Old Trafford is Turan. The Turkey stars agent claims the 28-year-old wants to leave Spain this summer and is already in talks with three, unnamed, Premier League sides. Is this striker on his way out of Manchester United? Read the latest on James Wilson’s future below and find out who could replace him up front by clicking right… – With Robin van Persies future at United far from certain, and Radamel Falcao sent back to Monaco, James Wilson could have expected to see more first-team football next season. The youngster struggled in front of goal during the 2014-15 season, scoring just two goals in 17 appearances, but only two of those were starting spots. His talent though has alerted Everton boss Roberto Martinez, who is ready to take the starlet to Goodison Park on a season-long loan. 6 6 6 Is this man’s time at Old Trafford coming to an end? Read the latest below and then click right to find out which striker could be on his way out of Manchester United… – Last seasons fourth place finish may have disguised some serious flaws in Louis van Gaals side, with club record signing Angel Di Maria failing to set alight the Premier League. That has led to reports of interest from Barcelona, according to Spanish newspaper Sport. But, fear not fans, respected Argentine journalist Christian Martin claims the story is entirely made up, stating: I’ve just spoken to Angel Di Maria’s agent. The whole story is false. Made up by Sport newspaper. United fans will hope so. Another day, another set of transfer rumours involving Manchester United.The Red Devils have already wrapped up the signing of PSV winger Memphis Depay, and are ready to dip into the transfer market again.They may have missed out on Liverpool-bound Roberto Firmino, but that won’t put off Louis van Gaal, who has set his sights on a number of top stars.So, sit back [well, click right if you don’t mind], as talkSPORT guides you through the red hot rumours. Is this winger set for a move to Turkey? Read all about it below… – Nani, who spent last season on loan at Sporting Lisbon, has been linked with a move to Fenerbahce. The Portugal flyer has held positive talks with the Turkish side, according to a number of reports. No fee has been agreed but its doubtful Louis van Gaal will stand in the Red Devils wingers way this summer.