Emerging Jamaica Scorpions batsman, Brandon King, slammed a second straight century to guide Kingston Cricket Club to an eight wickets win over Lucas Cricket Club in their second round Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup clash at Nelson Oval on Sunday.King, who slammed 179 in the first round, returned to post an unbeaten 119 as Kingston, replying to 116, put up 289 for four declared in their first innings.Lucas, batting a second time, were then dismissed for 203, setting in the process a victory target of 31, which Kingston overhauled at 31-2.The attacking King, captain of Kingston, struck 11 sixes and four fours during his innings and was supported by national all-rounder Derval Green, 50 and former captain Garth Garvey, who scored 49.Earlier, Lucas were bowled out in their first innings by left-arm spinner, Patrick Harty, five for 25 and Green, who claimed three for 20 with his medium pacers.Harty was also the pick of the bowlers in Lucas’ second innings, picking up three for 35 with Paul Harrison, three for 36, the next best.Ricardo McGeashey, 29, and Richard Allen, 64, top-scored for Lucas in first and second innings, respectively.SECONDWINThe result represented Kingston’s second win in as many matches, while Lucas were experiencing their second loss in as many outings.”Our preliminary-round zone is a very tricky one and is going to come down to the team that is most consistent,” said Kingston technical director, Kerry Scott.”We are now off to a good start and the aim is to continue like this going forward.”Meanwhile, over at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, reigning champions Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) romped to their second straight win as well after recording a 146-run win over Trelawny CA.The hosts were first blown away for 58, courtesy of left-arm spinner Iva Johnson, who took four for 24, and part-time off-spinner, Joseph Palmer, five for eight.The JDF, on the back of 153 not out from Rasheed Outar and 105 not out from Bereston Reid, then made 373 for nine in their second innings.Trelawny, batting a second time, scored 155 for nine, with Johnson ending with five for 76, Joseph two for 36 and fast bowler Reynard Leveridge, two for 26.
As the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) reflected on its 96 years of existence, it has praised the strides it made under the Burnham-led People’s National Congress (PNC) Government while noting its concerns about the inadequate remuneration being paid to public servants under the present Administration.GPSU President Patrick YardeGPSU President Patrick Yarde had stated that under the leadership of Linden Forbes Burnham, all the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions which protected trade union rights and workers’ rights were ratified, adding the local Constitution was also amended to make all collective agreements legally binding.In the GPSU statement to the media, while reflecting on the challenging years it faced and the battles it encountered during the period, it is still concerned about the challenges affecting public service workers under the present Administration.High on the list of concerns was inadequate remuneration for workers in the public sector.Only last September, teachers were forced to take to the streets to demand better wages and working conditions after failed talks with the Education Ministry. Against this backdrop, the GPSU pointed to the need for a restoration of a collective bargaining process even as it called for health insurance for its members.Another major bugbear for the Union is the sweeper-cleaners’ contract, which it believes should be made permanent for those workers to be treated as full-time employees. Sweeper-cleaners too had found themselves on the streets protesting the conditions under which they work, back in 2018.The Education Ministry later disclosed that approval was granted for sweeper-cleaners to be paid the minimum hourly wage of $312 each hour they work; guaranteed 12 months’ pay with their working hours not exceeding eight hours per day and five days per week, and be allowed to work at least 20 days per month for the entire calendar year.The sweepers-cleaners were granted at least 12 working days annually as paid annual leave, which would be utilised during school breaks. Prior to the decision, the sweeper-cleaners were paid $24,740 monthly and worked four to six hours per day.A GPSU representative, Maurice Butters, had explained that while he was happy with the decision, the circular is vague and does not specify when or how the system of regularisation would be implemented.On another note, the GPSU also pointed out that it would like to see the payment of full gratuity for employees on maternity leave and moreover, child/day-care centres be set up for public service workers.The Union would also like to see the age of retirement increase, among other recommendations. It said it believed there was a tendency to impose conditions of service on public servants rather than negotiate, which is an obstruction to workers’ trade union rights and due process.“For us, it is most disturbing that after all the sacrifices, effort and suffering we have endured in the interest of good governance and for our members to be entitled to fair treatment, this has not materialised. It is also appalling that promises that were repeated to us are not being fulfilled. We have been very patient and restrained, but it is now obvious to us what we are up against. Looking ahead, we must move on with confidence and peace, faith in our abilities to demand fair treatment, respect and value for our contributions,” the Union said in its missive.In November last year, Union President Yarde expressed great disgust over the current salaries and benefits public servants are receiving. In Yarde’s view, public servants are receiving “poverty payments” for salaries.SalariesA few days later, the Government announced a 0.5 to seven per cent increase in wages for public servants.
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