May Day Resolution on the Sugar Industry

We, participants of this May Day being held at the National Park, Thomas Lands, Georgetown on this 1st day of May, 2016 are:-

Conscious: That the nation’s sugar industry, the oldest economic endeavour in our country, remains a significant employer, a foreign exchange earner and provides social stability in many communities;

Aware: That in the past, and nowadays as well, the industry makes a substantial contribution to Guyana and the people’s well-being;

Also Aware: At times the industry had experienced challenges in the areas of production and pricing of its sugar;

Condemns: The hasty decision to close Wales Sugar Estate and in so doing will affect the employment of about 1,700 persons and puts at risk the livelihood of some 800 cane farmers;

Also Condemns: The imminent closure of the LBI Estate operations which, we believe, will result in an overwhelming number of the 850 workforce being deemed redundant;

Understands: That the industry has possibilities of establishing a refinery, a distillery and cogeneration units at two (2) or three (3) estates as well as expanding the production of value-added sugar to augment its sugar revenue;

Feels Certain: That with an able and competent management, a non-neglected workforce, and financial support at this time the sugar industry can overcome its misfortunes;

Resolves:  That this GTUC/FITUG May Day Rally:-

  1. Calls on the Government of Guyana and GuySuCo to abandon their decisions to close Wales Estate and LBI operations;
  2. Calls on the Government of Guyana not to privatise part or all of the sugar industry;
  3. Mandates the GTUC and FITUG to engage with the Government and stakeholders on matters relative to turning the around, and
  4. Calls on the Government of Guyana to provide adequate financial support to enable the industry to overcome its challenges at this time.

 

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