Wales’ cane cutters severance pay demand covered by law

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has noted the comments made by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder and GuySuCo CEO (ag) Paul Bhim in relation to the call made by the 350-odd cane cutters of Wales for them to be paid their severance payments. The Wales cane cutters are the only group of redundant sugar workers who are being denied their severance pay although they are entitled to such payments arising from the closure of Wales Estate in December, 2016.The Agriculture Minister, in the February 06, 2018 Guyana Times, is reported to have said, “…careful consideration has to be taken into account, because making such a move as it could potentially cost the Government to be placed in a bad situation”. We are at a loss as to the ‘bad situation’ the Minister referred to. His reference in the Guyana Times article to the Rose Hall workers can only be likened to the invocation of a red-herring. The Rose Hall matter is distinct and, we believe, should not be convoluted with the situation at Wales.The Minister’s stance that a judicial adjudication is necessary we see as nothing more than the Government and the GuySuCo’s intention to punish the workers for reason/s best known to them.It seems from the article that the Minister is not aware of all the relevant details with regards to the issue. Also, we expect that he deals with the matter impartially, and possibly have knowledgeable person/s examine the matter carefully. We would want to believe that such an approach may very well cause the Minister to reconsider his stance.Following the Minister’s statement, we saw in the February 07, 2018 Guyana Times the GuySuCo CEO (ag) saying that the Wales cutters “…were at risk of self-termination… based on the Collective Labour Agreement signed between GuySuCo and the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU)”. We recognize the GuySuCo CEO (ag) is repeating a similar statement made during 2017 by a lower level Corporation official, which our Union had then pointed out was patently unfounded and false.We wish again to point out that should the Corporation deem the concerned workers as having self-terminated their services, then it would be engaged in contemptuous behavior, bearing in mind that the matter is engaging the attention of the Courts.But more than that, the GAWU/GuySuCo Collective Labour Agreement at no point mentions or provides that a worker is deemed self-terminated after some period of absence from work.The CEO (ag) goes on in the article to say, “…we require the workers at Uitvlugt… [w]e are still insisting that we need them to go…” We could not help but wonder if it was the same person making this statement, considering that just a few paragraphs before, in the same article, we noted the virtual threats being made to the workers. Moreover, if indeed the Corporation is so desirous of having these workers going to take up work at Uitvlugt, then certainly a prudent management would have engaged the Union and the workers in discussions to examine the feasibility.The GAWU suspects that the statement is not sincere, but is rather a ploy through a veiled threat to force the workers to leave the industry, thereby giving up their service, and with it their severance allowance; a rather wicked ploy. We are not unaware that large areas of the Uitvlugt cultivation have been allocated to farmers, and for the areas that remain under the estate’s supervision, the Uitvlugt labour force is obviously sufficient.Mr Bhim, in the article, lamented the turnout of cane cutters to work but, seemingly, fails to connect the obvious dots. At a time when workers’ real wages have declined by about 7 per cent and their nominal wages have fallen by 15 per cent between 2015 and 2016 alone, the situation for the workers is not encouraging. The reality of no pay rise, no API, cutting down of benefits, disrespect of customs and practices, among other things, must have their effects. Such a situation we saw and experienced in the last half of the 1980s, and it was corrected only when the workers rates-of-pay were reflective of the cost-of-living.Clearly, it seems the GuySuCo has not learnt from its previous mistakes, and therefore, from all indications, may be repeating them.The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers UnionRegardslast_img read more

GOSSIP: Dier wants Manchester United move, Mbappe in Arsenal ‘meeting’ and MORE!

first_imgtalkSPORT.com bring you all the latest headlines and top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Eric Dier reportedly wants to leave Tottenham to join Manchester United this summer. The Red Devils are expected to make an improved offer of £50million for the 23-year-old England midfielder. FULL STORY HEREMonaco’s teen sensation Kylian Mbappe has had a three-hour meeting with Arsene Wenger to discuss a possible move to Arsenal. (Daily Express)Atletico Madrid are said to be becoming increasingly desperate to re-sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa this summer, having missed out on their three main targets this summer. (The Independent)?Atletico boss Diego Simeone is becoming increasingly agitated by the club’s lack of transfer business and has made the Chelsea striker his top target. (The Independent)?Paris Saint-Germain are on the verge of signing Brazil full-back Dani Alves on a free transfer, despite strong interest from Manchester City and his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola. (Daily Telegraph)Everton want to replace Romelu Lukaku with former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke. However, the Belgian’s current club, Crystal Palace, are not willing to sell their record signing. (Daily Mirror) Manchester United have opened talks with Ander Herrera over a new deal worth £175,000 a week, amid reports the Spaniard could become the club’s new vice-captain. (Daily Star)Marseille are keen on signing Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko this summer. The Frenchman is apparently keen to leave Spurs after struggling for game time since arriving from Newcastle. (London Evening Standard)PSG are considering a move for Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala. (ESPN)Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma is expected to hold talks with West Brom and Stoke City on Wednesday with a view to a possible loan deal. As many as 20 clubs are currently interested in the 22-year-old France international. (Birmingham Mail)Lucas Leiva could be on his way to Lazio after he was not offered a new contract at Liverpool. The 30-year-old is still training with the Reds but started just 12 games last season. (Daily Star)England goalkeeper Joe Hart is wanted by West Ham, although the Hammers are keen on a loan deal, while Manchester City would rather Hart left on a permanent basis. (Daily Telegraph)Newcastle are also on the hunt for a new goalkeeper having missed out on Jose Reina after he decided to sign a new Napoli deal, but the Magpies have been put off signing Hart by a £20million price tag and his high wages. (Daily Telegraph)West Ham, Southampton, and Crystal Palace have shown interest in 21-year-old Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi. FULL STORY HEREWest Ham are set to return with an improved offer for wantaway Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic. The 28-year-old has submitted a transfer request after an initial offer was turned down. (London Evening Standard)Everton and Crystal Palace are set to fight it out for the signing of Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald. The Holland international was reportedly on his way to Selhurst Park when the Toffees made an 11th-hour bid. (Liverpool Echo)West Brom are keen on Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, but as many as 20 clubs have enquired about taking the Frenchman on loan including European heavyweights Inter Milan and Valencia. (Daily Mirror)Adnan Januzaj could be about to end his faltering Manchester United career by completing a move to Real Sociedad. (Manchester Evening News)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:LISTEN: ‘Andrea Belotti is the perfect fit for Chelsea’ – Gianfranco Zola urges Blues to sign Italian ace‘Romelu Lukaku and Manchester United can achieve great things together’ – Roberto Di Matteo hails former Chelsea striker’s ‘wonderful’ move‘Wayne Rooney has let himself down… I hope he can do himself justice at Everton’, Paul Parker tells talkSPORTManchester United FC news: Paul Parker warns Jose Mourinho he is facing his ‘biggest ever season’ as a managerSimon Francis tells talkSPORT Bournemouth are targeting top-eight finish in the Premier League this season – LISTEN‘I should have faced the reality earlier than I did’ – Gianfranco Zola on four-month reign as Birmingham City bossPaulinho to Barcelona LATEST: Former Tottenham midfielder hopes Nou Camp switch will be finalised this weekTiemoue Bakayoko Latest: Manchester United plot £40m swoop to steal French star from ChelseaChelsea FC transfer news: Kurt Zouma turns down loan move to Valencia with defender determined to stay putTransfer report: Nemanja Matic’s Manchester United move ‘in danger of collapse’ – Inter Milan enter race for Chelsea midfielderManchester United transfer report: Red Devils target Fabinho has NOT agreed Atletico Madrid switch, insist MonacoBenjamin Mendy transfer: Manchester City and Liverpool target posts mysterious Instagram picturelast_img read more