LBI workers protest transferral to Enmore Estate
Cane cutters attached to LBI (La Bonne Intention) Estate on Wednesday staged a picketing exercise outside of the Headquarters of the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc (GuySuCo) at Ogle, East Coast Demerara to register their disagreement over moves by the Company to have them transferred to work at Enmore Estate.
According to the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), GuySuCo advised the union on July 26, 2016, that the transfer would be imminent. However, GAWU noted that this announcement was a complete surprise to the Union’s delegation since it is not in agreement with what GuySuCo communicated to GAWU and NAACIE on April 12, 2016, about its intention to close several departments at LBI Estate.
“Then the Corporation unequivocally said that the cane cutters would not be transferred to Enmore Estate in response to a question from the Unions,” GAWU said.
Workers turned up with placards bearing slogans including “GuySuCo kicking us – LBI cane cutters – like football”, “We can’t trust GuySuCo words!”, “Down with GuySuCo deception!”, “GuySuCo bringing on greater hardships on workers.”
GAWU said the workers and the Union see the Corporation’s newest position as a betrayal and which can contribute to eroding the trust between the parties.