Wales workers remain unwavering in seeking the reversal of the callous, uncaring decision which will risk the livelihood of about 2,500 workers and farmers and their dependents. Those affected, including residents, will be forced to contend with economic deterioration and many even with ruin should the Wales Sugar factory and the 1,500 hectare cultivation be abandoned by the Government of Guyana.
There was a vigil activity on April 07, 2016 representing another manifestation of the workers myriad actions seeking a reversal of the decision to close. Some weeks ago, 67 workers have been denied continuous employment because the Estate Management deemed their work status as temporary. Another 105 have been deemed redundant while hundreds of others are unaware of their fate, more so when one takes into account that Uitvlugt Estate, having its own workforce, cannot accommodate them.
Suffice to say that the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc (GuySuCo) is disregarding the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act as it remains adamant in not engaging the Workers’ Unions – the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) – in the process and procedure related to the retrenchment, etc of workers.
The workers and others remain committed to their cause to Save Wales Estate. We appreciate the hands of support and the expression of solidarity to us. In the continuing struggles, we, workers, farmers and residents, are confident that such assistance can be relied on.
Scenes of the picketing can be viewed here