Skeldon workers protest closure plans
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.