By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – President of the Guyana Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU) Komal Chand says the recent firing of the Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Sugar Company (GuySuCo) is disturbing; however he is not denying that in the last few years the sugar sector recorded a dismal performance.
Chand in an interview with iNews on Friday, June 05 said given the fact that GAWU represents a large percentage of the workers in the sugar belt, the union should have been consulted prior to the sacking of Dr Rajendra Singh.
“We have recognized and we have noticed the removal of the board and the dismissal of the CEO and these are very fundamental decisions that had been made…unfortunately as a stakeholder speaking on behalf of the thousands of workers we were not even spoken to on the matter…so we are very much disturbed about this decision,” said Chand.
The GAWU President also critiqued the APNU+AFC government on the non-consultancy of the appointment of an Interim Management Committee to manage the affairs of the company while a Commission of Inquiry is being conducted.
However it should be noted that while some persons have been named in the media, the government is yet to pronounce on the persons appointed to the IMC.
“We were not told that this would have taken place…so that when we spoke to our members we could have explained what is going on,” said Chand noting that it was a complete failure to adequately inform the stakeholders of the pivotal decision.
When asked what were his thoughts regarding the performance of Dr Singh, Chand declined to comment but did state that the sugar industry was not performing as it should.
“The industry’s production was lagging…we have been saying this all the time…our production level is not in keeping with the capacity that it has…it was below what is possible,” said the GAWU President.