“$5,000 is an insult” – Timber workers protest bonus offer

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Some of the workers during the protest.
Some of the workers during the protest.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Workers attached to the Demerara Timbers Limited (DLT) on Thursday, November 19 downed their tools in protest of what they described as an ‘insulting’ bonus offer from the company.

According to a release from the Guyana Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU), the company was offering the bonus in lieu of 12% salary increase that was proposed by the union.

“The Union persevered until it got the Company to engage in Collective Bargaining. They were three (3) meetings, the last one was held on November 17, 2015. The Company did not approve any wage hike but offered a Christmas bonus of $5,000 to each worker in lieu of a wage increase for 2015,” the release stated.

DTL located at Mabura Hill, Upper Demerara, saw its operations being crippled after approximately seventy employees of the company decided to proceed with a one-day strike action.

GAWU has requested the intervention of the Ministry of Social Protection and a tripartite meeting is scheduled for Friday.

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