By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsgyyana.com] – The ongoing industrial action at the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) has no political motivation and workers are merely protesting for what they think they deserve.
This is according to a General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Clement Rohee when he was questioned by iNews at a press conference on Monday, October 26.
According to the General Secretary, the sugar workers have a right to demand an increase in their salaries given that the APNU+AFC administration had just awarded itself a massive increase.
According to the General Secretary, “we consider it as an industrial action staged by sugar workers…Is it not justifiable for the sugar workers to demand more money.”
Rohee pointed out that all workers who engage in industrial action, must feel peeved by the recent actions taken by the administration.
“When workers feel peeved, the only weapon that they have to resort to make their voice heard is the strike action. As I see it, I think it is clearly and unequivocally an industrial action,” he stated.
GuySuCo in a press release on Sunday expressed its disappointment with the Guyana Agricultural Workers Union’s (GAWU) decision to proceed on the industry wide strike.
“Their actions have affected all field and factory operations, breaking the prevailing production momentum. The Union is demanding that the corporation commence wages, salaries and fringes benefits negotiations for 2015. The corporation and the Union had a preliminary meeting on September 16, where the corporation informed the Union and the representatives from the various estates that it was unable to commence discussion before the Commission of Inquiry has submit its findings and recommendations,” the sugar entity said.