The Ministry of Natural Resources, in a press statement issued earlier today, said it is gravely concerned about the recent dismissal of 11 workers of Demerara Timbers Limited (DTL) for engaging in protest action against the company.
The Ministry expressed hope that between the company and the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) this matter is amicably and speedily resolved.
“Of concern to the Ministry of Natural Resources too, are unconfirmed reports in sections of the media that the company will be winding up its operations and at Mabura and closing by the end of 2016. The Guyana Forestry Commission has been mandated to investigate and provide a report”.
The Ministry added that in the interim, the Government of Guyana, through the Ministry of Natural Resources, and the GFC, will seek new investors willing to operate the concessions held by Demerara Timbers Ltd. in a manner that is sustainable, environmentally friendly and respectful of workers’ rights.