By Tracey Khan – Drakes
President of the Guyana Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU), Komal Chand told iNews that the matter was left dangling even though the Labour Ministry and the Union have intervened to have Daniel reinstated.
“The matter is still yet not resolved; the arbitrator declared that the arbitration proceedings have come to an end and he left the matter like that. In other words, the man hasn’t been allowed to work and the matter is left like that.”
He also noted that Daniel remains off the job without pay and the union has now contacted its Attorney-at-Law to explore alternatives to ensure the employee gets back his job.
He also dismissed claims by some sugar workers that they are not being adequately represented by the union.
“Every single matter we would represent and the aggrieved person would know what the result is, we don’t leave any matter unrepresented,” Chand told iNews.
Sugar workers at the Skeldon Sugar Factory took industrial action in solidarity with Daniel since many said the Estate Manager is known for his drinking sprees on the job and his abusive attitude towards the workers.
All of the Estates were closed down because of this, but the Estate Manager refused to reinstate Daniel and management of the sugar company made their support known for Mr. Kumar.
Over the years workers have complained bitterly about Kumar’s attitude towards them. He has worked at a number of Estates and all the reports have been the same.
Only recently it was reported that Kumar was embroiled in a drunken brawl at the estate that led to strike action. Police were forced to arrest him after he was caught urinating in the middle of the road. He even threatened to urinate on the police patrol after he was rebuked.