Hundreds of Berbicians yesterday turned out in large numbers as they stood in solidarity with sugar workers who protested government’s planned closure of GUYSUCO’s Rose Hall factory. Continue reading Protest against Rose Hall estate closure attracts large crowd
By Dr Leslie Ramsammy
Here are facts: Wales Sugar Estate is closed and hundreds of sugar workers are unemployed. Skeldon, Sugar Estate has had its first crop operations suspended, no planting has occurred and no harvesting has taken place. Skeldon is essentially closed. Enmore Sugar Packaging Plant has suspended its operation. LBI cane cultivation has ended and no planting has taken place at Enmore. Enmore/LBI has closed. The ethanol plant at Albion has not been used since 2015. The Providence cane fields have been abandoned. Continue reading OP ED: APNU+AFC/GUYSUCO MUST STOP LYING – THEY ARE CONTRACTING AND CLOSING SUGAR
The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is appealing to workers in the sugar industry to “stand ready” to lend support to East Demerara cane planters who have been without work for some four weeks now.
At a press conference on Tuesday about 15 cane planters voiced their displeasure at being out of work for weeks and GAWU General Secretary Seepaul Narine stated that it was necessary to rouse workers who may not be aware of what is going on. Continue reading GAWU prepares for protest as it appeals for support for out-of-work East Demerara cane planters
The APNU+AFC administration has plans to close the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) Rose Hall and Enmore sugar factories by the end of this year; this is according to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) which expressed its disagreement with the move.
In a statement issued on Wednesday the party was critical of the government for what it referred to as its “high-handed approach” in dealing with the sugar industry. Continue reading Government proposes closure of Rose Hall, Enmore sugar factories by year end – PPP
– DEMAND SEVERANCE PAY DURING PROTEST AT PRESIDENT’S OFFICE
Workers from GUYSUCO Wales Sugar Estate, along with their representatives from the Guyana Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU) staged a protest outside the Ministry of the Presidency earlier today. The workers demanded their severance pay rathed than accede to the company’s request that they turn up for work some 22 miles away at the Uitvlugt Sugar Estate.
Sugar workers across the country proceeded on strike this morning in solidarity with their colleagues of the Wales Estate. The government earlier announced its intention to close the estate and this was met with protests across the country.
President of the Guyana Agricultural Workers Union(GAWU) said the strike is a one-day one intended to show support.
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will oppose closure of the sugar industry “whatever” it takes and the Party is prepared to take to the streets to protest any move by the APNU+AFC government to close or privatize the industry. These were the words of Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo while addressing a large gathering at the Wales Market Square on Tuesday.
The very large public meeting was held to address issues related to government’s announcement of its intention to close GUYSUCO’s Wales Estate.
Jagdeo said that the move constitutes a direct assault on supporters of the People’s Progressive Party but it will not bode well for the country. He made it clear that his party was against it as it would deprive sugar workers of jobs. Continue reading Wales Estate closure an assault on PPP supporters – Party will do whatever it takes to prevent closure of sugar industry
Leader of the Opposition, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, has criticized the APNU+AFC government over its decision to shut down the Wales Sugar Estate.
He described it as ‘reprehensible’ and said it shows that the APNU+AFC administration cannot be trusted after Minister of State Joseph Harmon in December last year assured the public that no sugar estate would be closed.
Jagdeo said this decision which will affect thousands of persons living along the West Bank of Demerara.
“The Government precipitously moved to this hasty closure and this is consistent with what I have always spoken about: a sinister plan, a surreptitious plan to close the sugar industry. I thought at least it would be more subtle and they were using privatisation,” he stated.
An inquiry into the operations of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GUYSUCO) has recommended full privatisation of the entity within three years. This is according to the commission’s report which was tabled in Parliament yesterday.
Under the chairmanship of Vibert Parvatan, the Commission urged government to announce in the 2016 budget that it “will do everything in its power to remove itself from the production of bulk sugar for export as soon as is practical” after studying the pros and cons. Continue reading APNU+AFC COI recommends privatization of GUYSUCO in 3 years
Despite surpassing their 230,000 tonnes annual production target sugar workers will, for the first time in over 25 years, not be paid their annual wage increases. While other categories of state employees were paid their bonuses and senior government officials given a 50% salary increase the industrious sugar workers will most likely be heading into the New Year with empty pockets.
Commenting on the situation, former President Bharrat Jagdeo, expressed complete remorse over the way in which one of the country’s most significant labour forces is being treated. Continue reading DESPITE SURPASSING TARGET NO BONUS FOR SUGAR WORKERS