[www.inewsguyana.com] – Skeldon and Albion sugar workers have decided to return to work today, Thursday, September 25 following a meeting with the management of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU).
According to a source from the industry, the dismissal letter that was given to the aggrieved employee, Steven Daniels by the Estate Manager, Dave Kumar was withdrawn and a suspension letter was given to him instead as investigations continue into the matter.
Daniels was immediately dismissed by Kumar, after he allegedly slapped him.
The matter will now move to the Ministry of Labour at the conciliation level where subject Minister, Nanda Gopaul will be the mediator, however, if a mutual agreement cannot be met, the matter will then move to arbitration level.
Sugar workers at the Skeldon Sugar Factory took industrial action in solidarity with Steven Daniels.
On the day in question, it is reported that the Estate Manager and two of his colleagues were reportedly on a drinking spree when several workers were on a bridge at the Dock Mill supervising the offloading of cane.
It is alleged that the Manager told them to move from the bridge, however, all but Daniels responded almost immediately and this reportedly made the Manager angry.
The Manager is accused of verbally abusing the employee, who continued his work but was later informed by a security guard that he has to be escorted off the Estate.
iNews understands that after Daniels refused to leave the compound, the Estate Manager arrived and attempted to hit him. He then informed Daniels that he was fired.