Days after the Guyana Water Incorporated announced its plan to dismiss more than 300 workers across the company, it started the process on Monday with the dismissal of 76 workers. Another group of workers was sent packing today.
At many of the locations, workers broke down in tears after receiving their dismissal letters. Some said they have no other form of income for their families and it will be tough on them financially moving forward without a job.
In the dismissal letter, the workers were told that the company is going through major restructuring to align the business to meet its new objectives. The workers were told that due to the restructuring move, it has decided to reduce the number of positions within the company and it is regretful of the move.
The dismissed workers have been asked to return company property before the 4th June and have been promised one month’s salary.
GWI Chief Executive Officer Shaik Baksh at a press conference last week said there were too many workers at the company and there is a need to reduce the workforce. He said in the past five years, more than four hundred workers were added to the GWI employment list, sending up costs.
While admitting that the company is currently in a good financial position, Baksh said the workforce still needed to be reduced.