THOUSANDS OF SUGAR WORKERS PETITION PRESIDENT FOR BETTER WAGES
Members of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has petitioned the President for an increase in wages. Esther Sobers has that story…Posted by Safetv2 Headline News on Monday, 7 October 2019
Almost 3,500 sugar workers in the field and factories of Albion Blairmont and Uitvlugt Estate have petitioned President Granger for a wage increase
The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union said that the workers have been working for the same rates-of-pay since 2015 though the cost-of-living has risen significantly in the ensuing period.
They also stated that the pay of the sugar workers has also declined owing to a number of factors such as lessened crop weeks, restriction of certain benefits, the suspension of other long-standing conditions-of-work, among other things.
They also expressed to the President their belief that he should use his office to have the GuySuCo approve an appropriate rise in pay at their upcoming negotiations with GAWU,
The workers said the government, as the owner of the industry, has a responsibility to ensure that they benefit from adequate compensation to maintain their standard of living and avoid impoverishment.