GAWU still to get requested documents on sugar
Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) was surprised and taken aback to learn from an article appearing on news-website Demerara Waves on January 19, 2017 that “the Government is at this stage concerned, that no response has been provided by the Opposition or the Unions…”. Speaking for GAWU, we find such statement to be misleading and not reflective of what is really the current situation and the Government’s spokesperson is being obviously misinformed.
At a December 31, 2016 meeting, with the GAWU, the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) and the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C), the Government, among other things, committed to supply all documentation and other relevant information that may be requested by the Unions and the PPP/C. Such requests we were informed should be addressed to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon. To that end, the GAWU, through letters dated January 04, 12 and 16, 2017, wrote to the Minister requesting thirty-one (31) items which included reports and certain information to aid in our urgent analyses and thus allowing us to arrive at positions for presentation to the Government at the next meeting. To date, no information has been received.
Our Union is committed to finding workable solutions to safeguard the sugar industry and protect the livelihoods of the thousands who are directly and indirectly dependent on its operations. The data we have sought is crucial for the Union to be in a state of preparedness. It is hoped that this will suffice, for now, to clarify the news which appears on Demerara Waves on January 19, 2017.