[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCO) has rejected the Chief Labour Officer’s (CLO) recommendation to reinstate the dismissed worker, Daniels Steven, who was dismissed on September 20 for allegedly physically assaulting the Estate Manager of Skeldon Estate.
The CLO’s recommendation was made in his capacity as Conciliator after two such meetings with the Corporation and the Union; the last being October 1.
The Corporation says its rejection of the CLO’s recommendation is premised on the availability of statements by workers and staffs who gave evidence that the Estate Manager was neither under the influence of alcohol nor was aggressive towards Stevens and that on the contrary, it was Stevens who was aggressive towards the Manager.
“Prior to the commencement of the conciliatory proceedings, the Corporation and the Union signed a Terms of Resumption on September 24, 2014, that included, among other terms, a resolution of the matter either at conciliation or arbitration,” GuySuCo said in a statement.
The Corporation having now rejected the CLO’s recommendation has requested the Ministry of Labour to move the matter forward to the next stage of the procedure, which is arbitration.
“The Corporation wishes to restate, as it did in previous statements, that the Estate Manager in his usual night visits to the factory and mill dock met a group of workers that included Daniels Steven who were malingering in the vicinity of the mill dock and cautioned them to report to their respective work stations. On being cautioned by the Manager, Steven became abusive and was calmly advised by the Manager to heed his advice and report to his work station. Steven subsequently retaliated and approached the Manager in a hostile manner, and in the process struck the Manager in his face. The incident was witnessed by several staffs and workers, all of whom have testified in written statements that the Estate Manager was neither intoxicated nor aggressive and abusive to Steven,” the statement added.
The Corporation pointed out that there were several incidents in the past at several estates whereby employees who have alleged to have physically assaulted their co-workers or superiors have been summarily dismissed without hearing proceedings. The most recent being at Blairmont Estate where a cane harvester had physically assaulted a field foreman, and had his services summarily terminated; without a hearing. This decision was communicated to the Union’s General Secretary, and who concurred with the decision.