By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Workers both from the factory and field have shut down the operations of the Skeldon Estate after reports that the Estate Manager, Dave Kumar arbitrarily dismissed an employee – Steven Daniel – following an incident in the field between the two on Friday, September 19.
iNews was reliably informed that the Estate Manager and two of his colleagues were reportedly on a drinking spree on Friday when at 23:30hrs, 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 Daniel 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 Daniel refused to leave the compound, the Estate Manager arrived and attempted to hit him. He then informed Daniel that he was fired.
Following this incident, employees of the estate commenced their strike action on Saturday, September 20 in support of their colleague.
iNews was reliably informed that Kumar called a meeting at 9:00hrs, today, Sunday, September 21 with a number of officials and it was then that the workers representative made a number of recommendations to ensure the situation does not spiral out of control.
Among the recommendations by the representative was for the employee to be reinstated, an apology issued, for his full salary to be given to him and for the Manager to promise that workers would not be victimized.
However, Kumar refused and said he has the backings of the Chief Executive Officer of GuySuCo.
The representative was then given a disciplinary letter for representing the interest of the workers and told to give reasons why he should not be disciplined.
Our source said over $40M in cane would be damaged if there is no solution to the issue.