The Guyana Shore base Inc. (GYSBI) the largest such facility providing support services to the offshore oil and gas operations in the country, said on Tuesday it is an equal opportunity employer with a diverse workforce and that no one is treated unfairly.
This is in response to reports in a section of the media about local workers being treated unfairly and having their services terminated after complaining.
GYSBI, in reiterating it is a Guyanese company, said it is “extremely disappointed” with the reports and that it was never afforded an opportunity to respond to the allegations made.
“All statutory payments are remitted to the employee and the employee is made aware of these upon starting their employment (which they also acknowledge when signing their onboarding contract), including any adjustments in compensation,” GYSBI said.
GYSBI further stated that it does not promise an increase in salary after the probationary period of employment. Three months of probation is required to assess the employee’s suitability in the position he/she has been employed for and whether or not additional skills or training are required.
It said its Guyanese workforce work on a tiered pay structure. Employees first come in at a standard salary, which is benchmarked against the industry average. “GYSBl’s internal training and development programs, as well as the company’s performance management system, allow all employees to continue improving their skills.” GYSBi said those who engage these programs are given the opportunity for promotion and development when available.
“Throughout this tiered structure GYSBI helps its employees achieve world class standards that deliver top service quality to its customers and help keep all our employees safe so they can return home to their families,” GYSBI said.
The company also pointed out that it has different rotation schedules for workers. “Great care is taken to ensure compliance with all legal requirements. Indeed, the remuneration our employees enjoy is above all legal requirements.”
Out of its 432 employees, GYSBI said 25 or 6% are expat employees while 94% of the company’s workforce are Guyanese who hold several key senior management positions.
“The expat employees who work for GYSBI are individuals who would have spent many years working in the oil and gas industry in many countries across the world and are only hired when specialty skills or experience are contractually or legally required,” GYSBI said. “Expats bring their international experiences which are used to train locals, transfer skills and technology and more importantly, transfer international standards to Guyana’s fledgling oil and gas industry.”
The company said it is the largest and most rapidly expanding employer in the oil and gas industry in the South American country and take this responsibility very seriously. It has delivered over 2500 training hours in the last 3 months to its Guyanese workforce, who are exposed to a range of opportunities as the company expands. GYSBI said these workers are remunerated with above average salaries and benefits.
“We are an equal opportunity employer, with a very diverse workforce, and no worker is treated unfairly or differently,” GYSBI said.
GYSBI is currently expanding its operations and its facilities and plans to increase its Guyanese employees to over 600 within the next two years.