GAWU calls on Forestry Commission to pay workers owed


See below full statement from the Guyana Agriculture and General Workers Union (GAWU):

Several former workers of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) on (Monday) August, 29, 2022 picketed against the management of the Guyana Forestry Commission for their continuing violation of the Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) between the GFC and the GAWU. Five (5) workers of the Commission were issued Termination letters during 2021 and in accordance with the extant CLA between the Union and the Commission and the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act of Guyana, the workers ought to be paid terminal benefits. The GFC refused and the matter was represented at the Ministry of Labour under Conciliation.

The Ministry of Labour by letter dated May 30, 2022 pronounced that the workers must be paid their Terminal Benefits in keeping with the Law. The commission has since ignored the Ministry of Labour findings.

The GAWU earlier this year applied for Arbitration in keeping with the extant CLA, however the management of GFC ignored the union’s request. The CLA is legally enforceable and binding between the parties.

The aggrieved workers family, friends and children came out in support for the workers as justice is being delayed by a high-handed management of a Government enterprise.

The GAWU and the protesters are demanding that the management of the GFC respect the subsisting CLA.

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