The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) GAWU is alleging that since Friday, February 05, 2016, no less than sixty (60) workers undertaking various tasks in the fields and the factory at the Wales Estate were given marching orders by officials of the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc (GuySuCo).
According to GAWU, workers were told that they were no longer engaged in the employ of the Estate on the ground that they were temporary workers. “These employees worked previous crops at the Estate. A few of them, including young females, we understand, were told they could be further employed to cut and load canes, if they wished,” GAWU said.
The Union added that this morning (February 08, 2016), over fifty (50) planters were reportedly told by GuySuCo officials that if they did not to take up employment at Uitvlugt Estate and did not agree to accept severance pay within the three (3) days, it would be regarded by GuySuCo that they have opted to leave the Estate’s employ.
“GAWU condemns the so-called interviews at the instance of GuySuCo with the workers and the high-handedness adopted. The Union also wishes to point out that the interviews are being conducted behind the backs of the workers’ Unions – GAWU and NAACIE,” the statement added.
The Union noted this recent move by GuySuCo is contrary to what Minister of Agriculture Noel Holder had said a few days ago, that is; as it stands no worker will be retrenched.