By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Sugar workers at the Skeldon Sugar Factory are continuing with their industrial action in solidarity with one of their colleagues – Steven Daniel – who was arbitrarily dismissed by the Estate Manager, Dave Kumar following an incident in the field between the two on Friday, September 19.
Workers both from the factory and field yesterday shut down the operations at the Estate.
It is reported that the Estate Manager and two of his colleagues were reportedly on a drinking spree on Friday when at 23:30hrs, several workers were on a bridge at the Dock Mill supervising the offloading of cane.
It is alleged that the Manager told them to move from the bridge, however, all but Daniel responded almost immediately and this reportedly made the Manager angry.
The Manager is accused of verbally abusing the employee, who continued his work but was later informed by a security guard that he has to be escorted off the Estate.
iNews understands that after Daniel refused to leave the compound, the Estate Manager arrived and attempted to hit him. He then informed Daniel that he was fired.
According to a source from the Estate, of the 2000 persons that took industrial action yesterday, only 90 odd workers turned up on the job, however, it is unclear if they are working.
The Guyana Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU) will be meeting with the Estate management and the representatives of the workers as it continues its investigations into the incident.
It was made clear that for the Union to thoroughly and fairly investigate the matter, the worker who was dismissed would have to be reinstated or both the worker and the Estate Manager would be required to be off the job. The Union will be meeting at 13:00 hours today.