By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Moments after a meeting between the National Association of Agricultural and Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) and the hierarchy of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) concluded at Ogle, a protest action featuring prominent unions was staged outside the compound.
NAACIE had met with GuySuCo’s Heads, Paul Bhim and Errol Hanoman, along with several other management officials.
According to Head of NAACIE, Kenneth Joseph, the meeting did not mention anything about salary negotiations but instead they were told of the delay with the final report of the GuySuCo Commission of Inquiry.
“We were given a history of the crisis that the company [GuySuCo] is now claiming that it finds itself in…We were invited to hear and not to negotiate; the company is not in a position to negotiate,” said Joseph.
He explained that when the issue was brought up, GuySuCo could not provide any date or time frame for wage talks.
“The last question I asked is when would they be prepared to negotiate? And I was advised I might know better than them…so it is correct for me to say that GuySuCo does not know when it will negotiate,” he told reporters.
Meanwhile, President of GAWU, Komal Chand said he is concerned with a recent press release issued by GuySuCo stating that there are implications there in and workers are not taking it lightly.
“What I think was not put over so well is when GuySuco said that workers may have a grim Christmas… Does it mean that GuySuCo is going to retaliate in some way? Workers are not taking it very kindly,” said Chand.
GuySuCo in a statement on October 30, had appealed to the unions and sugar workers to get on with the task of taking off the crop, completing the tillage and planting programmes.
“Let us not be hasty. There will be negotiations, just not today,” Hanoman said, as he called on all to focus their energies on a good outcome in the evolving road map for the industry.