[www.inewsguyana.com] – On the heels of recent strike action by sugar workers, the Guyana Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU) is accusing the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) of delay tactics in the ongoing wage negotiations.
A release from GAWU on Friday stated that as planned, GuySuCo’s CEO Erroal Hannoman and other senior reps met with GAWU.
“The Corporation’s CEO presented a long dissertation about the recent three (3) day strike in which he opined should have been avoided to allow the crop’s canes to be fully harvested. On the main issue, he informed the Union’s delegation that he was not in a position to commence the wages negotiations with the Union at this time,” the release stated.
It was noted that Union’s President, Komal Chand, and other Union officials pressed for the negotiations to commence in earnest to assure sugar workers across the industry that their interests are being considered to no avail.
“The CEO having been pressed to provide an answer said that he could not advise on a date and informed the Union’s delegation that the negotiations would begin after GuySuCo has obtained a framework in which the negotiations would take place. It is implied from the answer that the CEO is awaiting the framework from the Government possibly via the Corporation’s Board.”
GAWU says it is dismayed at this delay in the proceedings and will convene another General Council on November 07, 2015 to discuss GuySuCo’s stance.