Scrap Metal Industry Feeling The Squeeze
Workers from two scrap metal operations on the East Bank. The group of concerned workers took a decision to picket at the Office of the Prime Minister hoping to have the ban removed.
The Government has taken this step in light of what it says is an increase in the number of vandalism cases with the Guyana Sugar Corporation being the latest victim. The decision takes immediate effect from today until further notice. This is not the first time that such a decision has been taken.
Two scrap metal dealers after waking up to the decision said the ban will have a negative effect on the trade since millions of dollars is at stake. The men believe that based on those incidents the entire trade should not be punished for the wrong doing of others.
One of the dealers stated that the Guyana Metal Recyclers Association has since implemented several measures to deal with illegal scrap metal dealers.
The Association Representative, Desmond Sears said the ban came as a surprise and it was only today a formal letter was received by the association.
According to the association over 200 containers are sitting on the wharf waiting to be exported. Some Fifteen exporters and 100 dealers are now registered with the association. March 31 was the last day for all operators in the trade to be registered with the association.