These places would become ghost towns. Sad to see. Poverty and crime will be on the rise. What a campaign promise from Moses!!!!
Do you notice the sacking of people only occurs in areas where Indians live, so who the government is hurting? The politicians must assemble these people and protest this incompetent government, march to their places of residences.
KP bai, I did not want to bring this up. I might get suspended again. I see this government squeezing the PPP strongholds as if it's payback. The Caribs, Django, and Mars will have a fit if I ever mention "ethnic cleansing".
Sugar was placed on life support under the PPP watch but none of you noticed at the time. I didn't hear any of you crying when Diamond, LBI and Enmore were closed by the PPP. You only seem to be concerned now that the Coalition Govt. is desperately trying to save what can be salvaged from the mess the PPP left behind at Guysuco.
GAWN SO WITH YOU BIG FAT LIE . DID YOU DREAM ENMORE AND LBI WAS CLOSE BY PPP
Enmore, LBI estates being geared for closure – GAWU
March 20, 2017
A delegation of cane planters employed at the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc (GuySuCo) East Demerara Estate (Enmore and LBI Estates) travelled to the Head Office of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) today (March 20, 2017) and met with a number of union officials.
The forty (40) odd workers who met with the Union’s leadership are deeply incensed with an instruction from the Estate’s Management that they have to engage in cane cutting operations with immediate effect.
The workers’ agitation was heightened vis-à-vis the Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) subsisting between the Union and the Corporation which stipulates their usual tasks. The workers having considered that the Estate Management advised that cane planting tasks are no longer available argued correctly that they are, in fact, redundant and they are, therefore, entitled to their severance pay.
The decision by the Corporation to end cane planting is testimony that the Estate is being geared for closure. Interestingly, so far, no official announcement to that end has been made either by the Government or by the GuySuCo, yet the Corporation is implementing steps indicating the estate’s closure, according to the Union.
On March 15, 2017, the Guyana Agriculture and General Workers’ Union (GAWU), having learnt that GuySuCo was moving to end cane planting at the East Demerara and the Rose Hall Estates, wrote to the Corporation’s CEO requesting an urgent meeting to discuss the development. Thus far, GuySuCo has not yet responded to the Union’s request although it is an urgent matter.
GAWU said, “With the willful demise of Wales Estate, the closure of two (2) other estates would likely elicit much condemnation noting that there isn’t any credible plan to address the thousands who would be affected. No study was commissioned and the non-conduct of a socio-economic study would be an everlasting indictment on our decision makers.
“It is recalled that the operations of LBI Estate were amalgamated with Enmore Estate in the second half of 2016 in order to save the cane operations, according to GuySuCo, on the East Demerara. Now just months later, the closure of the estate operations has been initiated. It demonstrates that partial political consideration has been given by the Government towards the industry.”
East Demerara Estate employs no less than 2,200 employees in the field, factory, security, administrative and managerial sections. GAWU said, “They and their families, among many others, stand to be affected by the harsh closure decision. We, once more, urge the Government to abandon this consistent anti-worker direction given the dire consequences to a major segment of the Guyanese working-class.”
It added, “We feel constrained to draw attention that the latest step taking place at East Demerara Estate follows closely on the heels of a reported statement by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo that sugar will not die.”
It is unclear whether the workers of the East Demerara estates will be paid their severance.