The General Secretary of the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE), Dawchan Nagasar, has been removed from the post by the Union’s Executive Council after he was found unfit to hold the position.
In a statement issued on Sunday, NAACIE said that a specially convened emergency Executive Council Meeting was held at the Union’s Headquarters, High Street, Kingston, on Thursday last during which several allegations of serious misconduct were brought to the forefront against Nagasar.
These included the dereliction of duties and blatant disregard for the Council’s instructions.
As such, a No-Confidence Motion was filed to have the General Secretary removed from the post.
“These infractions amounted to gross misconduct and abuse of official powers and members of the Executive Council agreed after informed advice and by way of unanimous votes that Mr Dawchan Nagasar can no longer be considered a fit and proper individual to continue holding the office of General Secretary of NAACIE and consequently, a motion of no confidence was carried for his immediate removal from office,” the missive detailed.
Nagasar also served as General Secretary of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG). It is unclear whether he was also removed from FITUG as well.
As General Secretary of NAACIE, Nagasar had represented the Union during negotiations with the Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL) during which a five per cent increase in wages and salaries for the year 2020 was secured for employees of the power company. That agreement was signed in May this year. He was also part of similar negotiations with GPL in the past, as well as for sugar workers.
Nevertheless, at Thursday’s meeting, the Executive Council appointed Senior Vice President, Bernard Crawford, to act as General President, followed by Assistant General Secretary, Karren Mapp, to act as General Secretary in accordance with the Rules of NAACIE.
Further, Honorary member of the Union, Bhagmat Hochand, was also appointed to act as Treasurer for the purpose of bringing the Union’s accounts up to date for auditing.
These appointments will expire at the Triennial Delegates’ Conference – the highest decision-making body of NAACIE, slated for May 2022.
Additionally, NAACIE’s Executive Council further approved new signatories to its funds, that is, acting General President, acting General Secretary and acting Treasurer of which was named compulsory signatory.
Efforts by this publication to contact Nagasar for a comment on the issue proved futile.