Sugar work­ers ag­i­tated over non-pay­ment of wages

Weekend Mirror - - CHILDREN’S CORNER -

Work­ers

across the sugar in­dus­try were most dis­tressed to learn on Septem­ber 15, 2017 that they would not be paid their weekly wages to­day (Fri­day). The sit­u­a­tion is of graver con­cern since the Guyana Sugar Cor­po­ra­tion Inc (GuySuCo) ad­vised that it could not com­mit it­self as to when the work­ers earn­ings would be re­leased to them.

The cash flow po­si­tion of the Cor­po­ra­tion is re­lated to the poor level of sugar pro­duc­tion. For the crop only 27,980 tonnes sugar was pro­duced as at Septem­ber 14, 2017 rather than the set tar­get of about 46,000 tonnes at this time. The main rea­son for the lag­ging pro­duc­tion is the de­lay in the com­mence­ment of the crop at Skel­don Es­tate which com­menced op­er­a­tions on Septem­ber 13, 2017 while sugar pro­duc­tion at En­more Es­tate ex­pect­edly will com­mence on Septem­ber 21, 2017. An­other source from GuySuCo re­vealed that En­more’s fac­tory tur­bine which was sent abroad for re­pairs was not promptly shipped to Guyana af­ter the re­pair works were com­pleted since GuySuCo was con­sid­er­ing aban­don­ing the har­vest of the crop in keep­ing with the Gov­ern­ment’s agenda to close the Es­tate in De­cem­ber, this year.

This de­vel­op­ment will surely serve to ag­gra­vate the sit­u­a­tion in the in­dus­try which is far from sat­is­fac­tory to its em­ploy­ees.

Pay­ment of wages for work done is cru­cial to work­ers; it is a mat­ter of their sur­vival. It is hoped that GuySuCo will not al­low this bad, anti-worker sit­u­a­tion to fes­ter. GuySuCo should re­al­ize this and treat this mat­ter with ut­most ur­gency and give it pri­or­ity con­sid­er­a­tion.

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