Granger acknowledges that sugar must be made viable during visit to Unions
President David Granger on Monday (May 1, 2017) met briefly with officials and members of the Local Government Officers Union, where he reaffirmed his Administration’s commitment to improving the quality of life for all workers, regardless of the industry they are working in or the union they are represented by.
Speaking about the ailing sugar industry, the Head of State explained that the Government’s desire to return the industry to profitability was one of the main reasons for his recent visit to the United Kingdom.
He told the media that he is working hard to ensure that the sugar industry does not collapse and according to him the Coalition Government inherited a “very bad hand.”
The President said his Government is doing everything possible to preserve much of the sugar industry, acknowledging that it has to be made efficient and viable.
He reminded that Government will be presenting a White Paper very soon which would show that Government has the interest of the sugar workers and the industry at heart.
The President was accompanied by Attorney General, Basil Williams, Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally, Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection with responsibility for Labour, Keith Scott, Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson and Minister within the Ministry of Finance, Jaipaul Sharma.
The Head of State and his entourage the head office of the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU), the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) on Shiv Chanderpaul Drive, the Guyana Postal and Telecommunications Workers Union (GPTWU), the Guyana Trade Union Congress (GTUC) in Thomas Lands and the Clerical and Commercial Workers Union (CCWU) on Quamina Street.