[www.inewsguyana.com] – Conciliatory proceedings under the Chief Labour, Occupational Safety and Health Officer, Charles Ogle on the Annual Production Incentive (API) dispute between the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc (GuySuCo) ended without a settlement being reached on December 11, 2015.
This is according to a statement issued by GAWU, which accused the sugar company of being “unconcerned and contemptuous to the cause of the sugar workers.”
According to GAWU, before the Corporation informed today’s meeting that it had not flinched from its stance of 85,000 tonnes sugar for a day’s pay, it took the opportunity to disclose that the production as at 06:00h on December 11, 2015 was 225,424 tonnes sugar.
“The State Corporation which claims that it cannot amend its offer on account of its financial situation is not being sincere. The Union in seeking to resolve the dispute submitted that some API payments could be paid during the course of the First Crop next year (2016) noting that the Corporation will be receiving revenue from sugar sales during the period,” the GAWU statement revealed.
According to the union, “GuySuCo paid no heed to this proposal as continues to be unconcerned and contemptuous to the cause of the sugar workers. GAWU noted that the Corporation’s offer which is about 2.6 days’ pay for the year’s production defies its contention that it lacks the ability to pay.”
The Union felt that a settlement was possible with just about two additional days’ pay.
“GAWU reminded the meeting the API strike lasting for six (6) days caused the Corporation millions of dollars which could have positively assisted in the resolution of the dispute.”
It was noted that the Chief Labour, Occupational Safety and Health Officer in concluding his intervention towards having a settlement on the dispute informed the meeting that he would provide a brief to his Ministers Volda Lawrence and Simona Broomes.