[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU) says that the $50,000 bonus given to public servants is also something that can be extended to workers of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo.)
GAWU in a release on Thursday December 17 noted that sugar workers, not surrendering are not their right to a wage rise and an API award in consonance to past awards.
This has led to workers “engaging in picketing exercises outside the Administrative Offices and Pay Offices of the Corporation across the industry. Picketing exercises took place, so far, at Wales, Enmore, Albion and Blairmont Estates on December 14; at Rose Hall and Uitvlugt Estates on December 16 and at Blairmont Estate on December 17, 2015.”
According to GAWU, the periodic protests undoubtedly will, in all likelihood, roll over into the New Year as the workers are highly demotivated at this time by the treatment they are experiencing by the authorities.
“They feel justifiably that they have been singled out for discrimination notwithstanding the acknowledgement of their hard and dedicated work which has led to the industry breaking new records including the surpassing of the Corporation’s production target for the first time in eleven (11) years.”
The Union stated that since “the pittance API award is to be paid until March next year, GAWU wrote to the Minister of Finance on (Tuesday) December 15, 2015 who announced the award, requesting that the $50,000 Christmas Bonus award to Public Sector employees be awarded also to the sugar workers who are employees also of a state-owned enterprise.”