GAWU still to get re­quested doc­u­ments on sugar

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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.

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