The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU), will convene its 19th Delegates’ Congress under the theme “Advancing Social Development through Greater Workers’ Democracy.”
The Opening Session will be held on (Sat) 15th August, 2009 at the Guyana International Conference Centre, Lilendaal, Greater Georgetown and the Business Sessions on (Mon) 17th August and (Tue) 18th August, 2009 at J.C. Chandisingh Secondary School, Port Mourant, Berbice.
The Congress which is held triennially will, among other things, reflect on the major activities of the Union since the 18th Congress in August, 2006, analyse the present economic and political situation, identify some challenges and tasks for the ensuing years and the election of a fifty (50) member General Council.
Dr Freek Schiphorst, Senior Lecturer at the prestigious Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague, Holland, will deliver the feature address and declare open the Congress.
The Congress is the Union’s highest decision-making forum and it is expected to be attended by 600 delegates, drawn from the membership of our fourteen (14) bargaining units including the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc, Fisheries, Rum & Soft Drink, Forestry, Clerical and Timber entities.
The new General Council will, at its first business session, after Congress, elect a new Executive which will assist the General Council to overlook the affairs of the Union including its negotiations with employers and the promotion of the Union’s education work following the construction of the Union’s spanking new College behind its Headquarters.