Skel­don work­ers protest clo­sure plans

Weekend Mirror - - EDITORIAL -

Work­ers at­tached to the Skel­don Sugar Estate on Tues­day last ral­lied and protested the Govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to pri­va­tise the Skel­don Sugar Estate.

The protest was held as work­ers re­turned to work af­ter an ex­tended out of crop.

It was the first day for the year that work was sched­uled for many of the work­ers, as the estate had ceased grind­ing op­er­a­tions since last year.

On Tues­day, work­ers gath­ered at Repub­lic Square, Skel­don, where they were ad­dressed by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Guyana Agri­cul­tural and Gen­eral Work­ers Union (GAWU).

Pres­i­dent of the Union, Ko­mal Chand, said sugar is not the only in­dus­try that is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, adding that sev­eral other in­dus­tries are all un­der the sledge ham­mer of the cur­rent Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Chand urged the work­ers to be mil­i­tant as he promised that the Union will not al­low the ef­forts of those who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice to go down in vain.

He is of the opinion that the estate does not have to be pri­va­tised.

Govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to down­scale the sugar in­dus­try is be­ing viewed as one which will shat­ter the lives of many; es­pe­cially those who will go on the bread­line and stu­dents who would have wanted to fur­ther their stud­ies by at­tend­ing the GuySuCo Train­ing Cen­tre through a sugar estate in their com­mu­nity; which might now soon be closed.

It is also be­ing viewed as a de­ci­sion which will put more hard­ship on the Govern­ment and lo­cal govern­ment agen­cies, since GuySuCo main­tained a large por­tion of the drainage and ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tems in both farm­ing and res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ties.

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