[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) says that the government should take immediate steps to see to the disbursement of more than $4B that the Guyana Sugar Company (GuySuCo) earned from the European Union.
In a release to the media on Friday June 05, GAWU said it “has noted with heightened concern the continuing financial difficulties being faced by the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc (GuySuCo). The financial plight of the industry was correctly commented on in recent weeks by both of our major political entities.”
GAWU also stated that it is aware that GuySuCo is yet to receive the €20.2 million (G$4.76B) that has been earned under the European Union (EU) sugar sector budget support programme although GuySuCo met the indicators required to qualify for this sum of grants.
“GAWU calls on the Government of Guyana to take urgent steps, given the obtaining circumstances, to ensure that these grants are received from the EU, and that this sum is paid over and immediately in full to GuySuCo for use in the sugar industry,” the statement indicated.
The Union said that delay in providing assistance and hesitation to “pursue the EU money, in the current situation, would be unforgiveable” adding that “thousands of workers in the sugar industry and their families’ livelihoods are threatened.”