The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is once again issuing a call on the Government to ensure that Guysuco honors its commitment to pay off those Wales estate workers who were made redundant when that estate closed, but were transferred to the Uitvlught estate.
Over 300 former wales estate workers today demanded that they be paid their severance. They protested outside the President’s office. They have also written to the President again.
“This is the second time in recent months that the workers have written to President Granger. The President in his initial response had committed that Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder would examine their matter and they would hear from him. Several months went by and the workers having not heard from Minister Holder decided to write the President once again. So far the President has yet to respond to the workers second correspondence though he is known for responding in a timely manner. The workers remain hopeful that they would hear positively from President Granger especially in view of the severe challenges they have faced and are facing since the estate closed at the end of 2016”, GAWU said.
Guysuco maintains that although the workers were provided with a transfer, they should still be paid their severance for the work they did at the now closed wales estate.
Gawu says the situation at Wales is steadily deteriorating and the people and communities are facing trying and difficult times.
The workers and union said they recall that the Government and GuySuCo, in glowing terms, spoke about its plan to make Wales the launching pad for its non-sugar diversification.
No such move has materialized as yet.