Sugar Workers To Resume Work After A Week Of Strike Action
Sugar Workers attached to the various sugar estates will resume duties on Friday after a weeklong strike action. Workers in their bid to demand better wages and salaries took industrial action last Friday. President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Komal Chan said workers will return to work since it was agreed that the strike action will only last for a week.
The union has decided to forward a letter to the sugar corporation informing the board of the workers return and it is ready to resume talks with the corporation.
Guysuco’s, Deputy, Chief Executive Officer, Raj Singh said even when workers resume duty the corporation will still not be in a position to pay increases in wages and salaries. Guysuco has recorded its lowest attendance rate for workers this year. A production close to 250 thousand tonnes of sugar for the end of the year seems to be impossible.
The Sugar Corporation’s manager noted that when all of its workers are back on the job then the corporation will engage in dialogue with the union as it seeks to keep workers on the job. At the moment it looks as if Guysuco will not be able to meet its target for this year of 30 thousand tonnes of sugar.
Guysuco has called several strike actions for this year alone, adding to the misery that is already plaguing the sugar industry.