GAWU mulls taking GuySuCo to Court

first_imgPayout for dismissed workers……over part-payment of severanceBy Michael YoungeThe Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is mulling taking the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to court over its decision to pay thousands of dismissed and retrenched sugar workers part, and not all, of their severance purportedly this month end.GAW President, Komal Chand, speaking with the Guyana Times on Sunday during an exclusive interview, said he has already prepared a brief for the case, and is in the process of recruiting an attorney-at-law who is familiar with industrial relations law to handle the matter.GAWU’s President, Komal ChandChand said there was no need for union members and executives to vote on whether to haul the Corporation before the courts on this particular matter, as the union’s rules and regulations are clear in this respect.“We don’t need to vote on this…I have already prepared the brief, and tomorrow I will be looking to get a good lawyer to handle the matter”, he iterated.Chand said GAWU is obligated to do all that is necessary to protect the workers’ interest and rights, as outlined in the union’s laws and the country’s national industrial relations laws.“I am convinced that this Government and GuySuCo are disrespecting these workers and breaching the laws when you look at how they are going about paying them their severance,” Chand remarked.He said workers were expecting, and should have been paid, their full severance at the time their services were discontinued, terminated, or made redundant.He denied that GAWU or any of representatives were part of discussions with Government or GuySuCo ahead of the announcement by President David Granger that the workers were going to be paid part of their severance this month-end and the other part in the second half of 2018.“That is a total lie and the figment of somebody’s imagination,” he rebuffed, as he explained that if the union were part of any discussions in this respect, it would be displaying double-standards and hypocrisy whenever it called for protests and the payment of the full severance.Asked whether GAWU or the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) had met with Government or GuySuCo since the workers were made redundant or dismissed at the beginning of the year, Chand responded in the negative. He said the union has already indicated its willingness to have dialogue with the Government and GuySuCo, but neither party has responded formally by moving forward or setting a date for discussion.“We expect to meet with them very soon, as we have a number of important matters to discuss and address,” Chand disclosed, before explaining that the union was occupied with addressing the plight of the workers and their communities, caused by the sudden dismissal of thousands of persons.Chand also dismissed assertions that the union was more concerned about its loss of revenue and membership because of the dismissal, as opposed to the welfare of the workers and the future of the industry.“That’s another falsity and fabrication. We would not consider taking this matter to court if that were the case. We have always had our workers’ and union members’ interest at heart. Those who published that article had wicked intentions…,” he related.The GAWU Head said, too, that the figures quoted are misleading, as he explained in detail under what circumstances monies are deducted from workers as dues, and when they stop paying.Asked if the dismissals could cripple the union and drastically affect its membership, Chand conceded that it would have a negative impact, but denied that that impact could “cripple” GAWU or FITUG.He insisted that the Government has to be taught a lesson because it was violating the workers’ rights by embarking on a number of decisions and initiatives that would not result in the industry’s fortunes being turned around.“We will take appropriate actions in the courts if GuySuCo and the Government do not change their course and deal fairly with those persons dismissed,” Chand declared.Questioned whether the protest actions would continue ahead of the planned legal action, Chand said the union was working with the workers and those affected.“There are a number of activities planned, and we are monitoring the situation. We will continue to stand in solidarity with our workers, because we understand their plight and the hardship that they are facing…,” the GAWU President related.He maintained that the Government had no plan following the rash and brutish decision to downsize the industry, as he reiterated his call for the workers to be paid their full severance immediately.Chand’s comments come on the heels of statements made by State Minister Joseph Harmon on Friday — that no worker would be receiving a million-dollar payout. He made it clear that severance would be paid on a case-by-case basis after a careful analysis was done.Harmon denied that Government made no budgetary allocations to meet the severance bill in the 2018 budget, and said over $500 million had been budgeted, even though the correct and final sum was not known until late December and early January.His own statement contradicts comments made by President David Granger at his last press conference, where he related that discussions on the payment of severance were not finalised as he gave a commitment to ensure that the workers are paid.Also, the Union last week exposed what it said was a systematic plot by the Department of Public Information to spread misinformation about the retrenched workers when it released a statement where it quoted Agriculture Minister Noel Holder saying that the Government acted responsibly because some 5,000 jobs were saved as those employees were transferred or reemployed in the public service.GAWU has rejected the Minister’s statement, dubbing them “lies” as it explained that no assimilation plan was in place when the workers were dismissed, while it lambasted the Government for attempting to deceive the public.last_img read more

President Granger lauds Upper Mazaruni District Games

first_img– says model should be replicated countrywidePresident David Granger on Sunday lauded the 21st annual Upper Mazaruni District Games, which are being hosted at the Waramadong Sports Complex, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) from August 5 to 13.He noted that the diversity and the high level of competition which are usually on display are incomparable to any other event in the country.“Every region I go to I tell them to imitate the Upper Mazaruni model. This model I want to see in Regions One, Two, Three and all of the other regions of Guyana. The first time I came here, I was fascinated to see young men and women coming together for days for these games. This is an innovative move in sport in Guyana, and I wish I could see this in other regions. It is inclusive, you have the young and the old, boys and girls, rich and poor, everyone come together and it is also informative. We learn from one another, we improve our techniques, but, most of all, these games are inspirational. So, I want to see you strive for excellence and no matter how small, you shake up Guyana,” the President said.He noted that the Government was working on the National Sports Development Policy, which aimed to be all-inclusive. “We are working on a National Sports Development Policy, which will include the boys and girls, the hinterland and coastland, will help to develop infrastructure and will be fully comprehensive,” he said.On this note, the Head of State highlighted that through a collaborative effort between the National Sports Commission (NSC) and the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), the Waramadong Sports Complex has been outfitted with floodlights, which will cater for night games. This is the second ground that has been outfitted with floodlights in the Region.Upper Mazaruni District Sports Council President Rudolph Wellington, in his brief remarks, said that this year, there were 13 male teams and 12 female teams participating in the eight days of competition. He also expressed gratitude to the President and the Government of Guyana for the continued support to the annual Games.“We thank you for your support because without your support, I don’t know how we will pull this off every year,” he noted.Sportsmen and women from Kamarang, Kako, Kaikan, Arau, Paruima, Waramadong, Quebanang, Jawalla, Phillipai, Chinoweing, Imbaimadai and Wax Creek, some of whom had to travel for several days to attend the Games, are participating in the event, identified by their own flags and colours and will over the days of the competition, compete in athletics, archery, volleyball, swimming and novelty games.The Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry and the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport have both contributed $1.5 million to the Games while the Ministry of the Presidency has provided prizes and other forms of support to make the event possible.Meanwhile, President Granger also handed over a boat and engine as well as a quantity of sports gear to the village of Chinoweng, which were donated by Beverley Tapp, General Manager of B and J Civil Works and the RDC, respectively.According to Regional Chairman Gordon Bradford, the village has been requesting a boat and engine for the past two years to transport their team to the Games as well as to ensure children are able to attend school.Following a request by Tapp to the RDC to be allowed to make a contribution to the Region in observance of her company’s 25th anniversary, Bradford said that he shared the request of the residents of Chinoweng and she readily agreed to provide the boat and engine.Tapp said that her company was pleased to be giving back to the Region, where it executed its first road construction contract back in 1993 as she urged the residents to take care of the gift.The event was also attended by First Lady Sandra Granger; Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton; Director of Sport, Christopher Jones and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry Permanent Secretary Alfred King.last_img read more

A small light at the end of a long tunnel for teachers union and government

first_imgFassbender adds the last few days have been productive, and although he wasn’t present, he’s heard from those who were.He says the government handed over a comprehensive proposal to the B.C. Teachers Federation and it will be examined today, as teachers have closed schools across the province for what is being called a study session.This followed a new offer from the union on Friday, initiating new hope for a negotiated settlement, which extended to the Premier’s office.- Advertisement -“For the first time, they brought a new proposal to the table. I don’t want to get my hopes up too high but I believe it is possible that we can get an agreement at the bargaining table,” says Premier Christy Clark, adding “It is time to put an end to having kids in the middle of this problem. They didn’t ask for the problem, they didn’t ask for the disagreement, but they’re the ones at the moment paying the price for it and that’s not ok.”    The two sides are trying to avert a full scale strike scheduled for tomorrow, which could prematurely end the school year.last_img read more


first_imgKELLY’S award-winning American Roadside Diner at Letterkenny’s Mountain Top has another €10 steak night tonight!You can treat the wonderful mother in your life – and the mother-in-law too – without breaking the bank.The famous Steak Night is on tonight with Sirloin Steak & all the trimmings still at an unbelievable €10. Sunday is Mother’s Day and there’s no excuse for not having time for a treat.Early Bird Breakfast is just €5.Three course sumptuous lunch from 12-3pm is just €13.95.And then there’s the All-Day steak special this Sunday for an unbeatable €12 from 12-8pm. House wine is €10 – with all bottles and pints €3 all day.Sure where would you get it?Kelly’s American Roadside Diner – that’s where… TREAT YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW TO A STEAK NIGHT AT KELLY’S ROADSIDE DINER (IT’S ONLY A TENNER!) was last modified: March 5th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgSINN FEIN deputy leader Martin McGuinness boasted of his 3am early morning alarm call – so he could watch the sun rise on the longest day in Co Donegal.Mr McGuinness was hosting a meeting of the British Irish Council in Derry on Friday for Taoiseach Enda Kenny, British Deputy PM Nick Clegg and the leaders of other nations in these islands.The North’s deputy first minister, looking slightly tired and bleary-eyed, told a press conference that he had been up from 3 o’clock in the morning. “I went out to the beautiful fort at Burt, An Grianan of Aileach, to watch the sun rise and to hear the morning chorus,” he said.“It was quite a spectacular start to the day; loads of people were there and it was a pleasure to be there too.”He later tweeted this picture of the event.  BLEARY-EYED MARTIN McGUINNESS BOASTS OF 3AM START FOR DONEGAL SUMMER SOLSTICE was last modified: June 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BLEARY-EYED MARTIN McGUINNESS BOASTS OF 3AM START FOR DONEGAL SUMMER SOLSTICElast_img read more

Dispute escalates for union

first_imgA labor dispute between the city and one of its unions escalated Thursday with new allegations of unfair labor practices, including possible spying at a union gathering last month. The 8,000-member Engineer and Architects Association, which has threatened to strike if the city doesn’t boost its contract offer, said it also anticipates filing an unfair employee relations claim today over overtime rules at the Fire Department’s information systems division. The allegations are the latest in the battle between the city and the union, which represents workers in various agencies, including airports and harbors. The EAA is seeking a contract similar to that granted to Department of Water and Power workers, which includes a 16 percent salary boost over five years with an escalator clause that could increase it to 30 percent. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals But Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has said the city cannot afford that for the EAA and instead has offered a three-year, 6.25 percent increase with some “special compensation adjustments.” The union held a protest over Thanksgiving weekend at Los Angeles International Airport and the union’s executive director, Robert Aquino, said Thursday that talks with the city have bogged down and that the union’s patience is waning. Officials with Los Angeles World Airports said the union’s complaint that airport police Officer Larry Henderson misrepresented himself as an EAA member at a gathering at the union’s offices prior to the LAX protest has been referred to acting airport police chief Brian Walker. Henderson did not return calls seeking comment, and it couldn’t be determined Thursday whether he was acting on his own or at the direction of supervisors. Airports spokesman Paul Haney said he could not comment on the pending investigation. Aquino also charged the fire division with changing how vacations and sick time are approved, as well as how overtime is paid in the event of a work action, which the union interprets to include union protests. “They are simply trying to use public funds to try to keep EAA members from participating in their own events, a protected activity,” he said. A Fire Department spokesman did not comment directly on the claim Thursday, but said Chief William Bamattre has emphasized that city services not be interrupted if there is a strike. The union’s attorney, Adam Stern, said even if the move was intended only to address strike conditions, work rules can’t be changed unilaterally. The union has filed other unfair-labor claims against the city, including allegations that some departments were trying to keep union members from wearing union T-shirts. That complaint is now with the city’s Employee Relations Board staff. Beth Barrett, (818) 713-3731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Men’s Soccer Travels To Western Michigan And SIUE

first_imgThe Bulldogs and Cougars played two thrilling matches in 2015. SIUE won in overtime, 3-2, in Des Moines during the regular season with Drake taking the rematch in the MVC title game held in Edwardsville, Ill. The Bulldogs qualified for the NCAA Tournament with their 1-0 win over the Cougars. SIUE leads the all-time series, 8-7. KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Drake University men’s soccer team plays it second to last non-conference match of the regular season Tuesday, Sept. 27 when it travels to Western Michigan. First kick with the Broncos is scheduled for 3 p.m. SIUE Live Video SIUE Live Stats Drake will play one game next week when the Bulldogs visit Chicago to take on Loyola on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. The Ramblers, who are currently undefeated and national ranked, took the first game this season between the two teams by a score of 1-0 back on Sept. 17. The game will be shown online via The Valley On ESPN3. Print Friendly Version Western Michigan Live Stats center_img Drake and Western Michigan (7-2-0) will play each other for the first time since the 1996 season. The Broncos have a slight edge over the Bulldogs in the all-time series, 2-1. Western Michigan opened its season with five consecutive wins, but has just two wins in the past four games. The Broncos lost to Detroit by a score of 2-1 in their last game on Sept. 25. Brandon Bye leads the Broncos with five goals this season. Following Tuesday’s non-conference game, Drake (3-5-0) returns to Missouri Valley Conference play Saturday, Oct. 1 when it visits Edwardsville, Ill., to take on SIUE (1-4-2) at 7 p.m. Drake is looking to stop a losing skid that includes defeats to Loyola and UIC. The Bulldogs nearly rallied from a 3-0 deficit at UIC before falling 3-2 on Sept. 20. Seniors Mueng Sunday (Coralville, Iowa) and Adam Weatherly (Parkville, Mo.) each scored one goal in the loss to the Flames. Story Linkslast_img read more


first_imgA cyclist has been injured in a crash at Lower Main Street in Letterkenny.The accident happened just before 11am close to the Tin Tai chinese restaurant.The man was attended to by two ambulances and he was secured in a neck-brace before being taken to Letterkenny General Hospital. His condition is not understood to be serious.CYCLIST INJURED IN LETTERKENNY CRASH was last modified: July 25th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crashCYCLISTLETETRKENNYlast_img read more

Picture special: Young actors take the stage for Primary Schools Drama Festival

first_imgSOME of the best young actors in Donegal took to the stage of the Balor Theatre last Wednesday and Thursday nights for the annual Primary Schools Drama Festival.Organised by Teresa McGowan of the award-winning Butt Drama Circle, the prestigious competition has been running for more than forty years, giving the children of the county the opportunity to perform in front of an audience in a professional theatre.There were five entries from three schools this year – on Wednesday night, Woodland NS, Letterkenny, performed ‘The Great Famine, followed by SN Taobhóige, Cloghan, with ‘Oisín i dTír na nÓg’. On Thursday night the stage was taken over by the children of St Eunan’s NS, Raphoe. Twenty five Senior Infant and 1st Class pupils from Ms Dympna Gallagher’s class staged ‘Eddie the Penguin Saves the World’, followed by Ms Keeve’s 3rd and 4th class with ‘Calamity Jane’ and Ms Daly’s 5th and 6th class enthralled the packed theatre with ‘Mary Poppins.’ The festival was adjudicated by Maura Logue who awarded many certificates of merit to the participants and their teachers. The adjudicator said she was very fortunate to have been involved with the schools festival for many years.Ms Logue proceeded to deliver, from the stage, some wise words of wisdom for the young actors and those in the audience.She also paid tribute to the teachers who she said go beyond the call of duty in taking on their theatre productions.“By doing this, and they don’t have to do it, the teachers are giving students an opportunity to do something different from their daily academic studies,” she said. “And as I always say, students will never forget the night they stood on a stage under the spotlight, being watched by a live audience. The learning they get in preparing for a play is also about teamwork and taking a step into the unknown. And it all comes to fruition when they take to the stage and learning they had a beautiful gift they never knew they had.”Picture special: Young actors take the stage for Primary Schools Drama Festival was last modified: June 15th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Round-up: Bakayoko could feature and QPR chase forward

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesChelsea boss Antonio Conte says Tiémoué Bakayoko could feature against Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday.Summer signing Bakayoko, who has had a knee problem, featured in a behind-closed-doors friendly against QPR’s youth side on Thursday, as did Eden Hazard.Hazard, who had ankle surgery earlier this summer, is not yet being considered for a first-team return.But with Conte’s options limited, not least because Cesc Fabregas is suspended, the Italian says Bakayoko could be involved this weekend despite not being fully fit.“Hazard is improving but to be fully fit I think he needs time. We must be patient with him and try to do the best for him,” said Conte.“Bakayoko is improving very well. He is not at the top of his physical condition but I think he could be in contention because in this moment I don’t have other midfielders available.“It is not easy. In this moment the situation could force me to take a different decision.” Pedro setbackEmbed from Getty ImagesPedro is still struggling with an ankle injury and appears to be a major doubt for Sunday’s game.The Spaniard, who missed Saturday’s home defeat against Burnley, trained on Friday but complained of pain in the affected ankle.He will be assessed ahead of this weekend’s game to see if he is fit enough to be included in the squad, but looks unlikely to feature.“Pedro trained today with us and felt pain in his ankle,” Conte confirmed.“I don’t know about Pedro. I don’t know if he will be available for Sunday.” ‘Another question please’Conte has refused to say whether he regrets the decision to allow Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to leave this summer.Chalobah was recently sold to Watford, while Loftus-Cheek has joined Crystal Palace on a season-long loan.The midfielders moved after being told their first-team chances are Chelsea were likely to remain limited.“Another question please,” replied Conte when asked whether he regretted letting them go. Christensen ‘ready’Embed from Getty ImagesConte says he is confident Andreas Christensen is ready to perform for Chelsea if called upon.The 21-year-old has impressed playing in the German Bundesliga on loan with Borussia Monchengladbach during the past two seasons and has been involved with the first team during pre-season following John Terry’s retirement and the sale of Nathan Ake.“I trust Christensen,” Conte said. “Last week he played a good game and showed a great personality.“For sure he can improve a lot. He is a young player but has a good prospect to be a Chelsea player.“He had a good experience with Borussia. Now he has the possibility to show he deserves to play regularly.”“I have already said that he is a player ready to play for Chelsea.” Winning start for Chelsea youngstersChelsea’s development side opened their Premier League 2 campaign with a 2-0 win against Derby County at Stamford Bridge.The goals, scored by Reece James and Luke McCormick, both came in the second half, while Jordan Houghton returned to action after a knee injury when he came on as a substitute.James opened the scoring by netting at the far post from McCormick’s corner.McCormick prevented an equaliser by clearing off the line and Derby’s Calum MacDonald was sent off for a second bookable offence before Chelsea got their second goal.It came when the outstanding McCormick finished coolly after collecting Miro Muheim’s pass.Houghton, who suffered cruciate damage while on loan at Doncaster last season, came on just after the hour mark.He is expected to return to Doncaster on loan before the transfer window closes. Fulham agree Soares loan dealEmbed from Getty ImagesFulham have agreed a loan deal for Porto left-back Rafa Soares.The Portugal Under-21 international spent last season on loan at Rio Ave and made 32 appearances.Soares is yet to make a first-team appearance for Porto but has played regularly for their B side.Fulham have been looking to sign a left-back and discussed potential deals for Cardiff’s Joe Bennett and Bordeaux’s Maxime Poundje before turning to Soares.Still no MadlFulham will again be without defender Michael Madl when they host Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.Madl has not featured in the last two matchday squads, and has been linked with a move to Legia Warsaw.Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic said Sone Aluko would be involved despite speculation over the striker’s future and the arrival of Rui Fonte. QPR injury latestEmbed from Getty ImagesPawel Wszolek faces a fitness test ahead of QPR’s game against Hull City, while Joel Lynch has been ruled out.Wszolek went off during the first half of this week’s defeat at Norwich with what Rangers have since established is a back problem.Manager Ian Holloway admitted after the game at Carrow Road that he had been unable to ascertain the nature of Wszolek’s injury.The Pole looks very doubtful for Saturday’s game and Lynch will definitely be sidelined after picking up a hamstring injury.Embed from Getty ImagesLynch was also taken off at Norwich, where Rangers lost 2-0.QPR say Yeni Ngbakoto and Idrissa Sylla will also be assessed ahead of this weekend’s match.Ngbakoto has been nursing an ankle problem, while striker Sylla took a knock to the head during the recent EFL Cup win against Northampton. R’s make offer for SmythEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR have made an offer for Linfield forward Paul Smyth.The Northern Ireland Under-21 international has been watched by a number of English clubs and last month featured in Champions League qualifiers against Celtic.Smith, who turns 20 next month, is under contract at Linfield until 2019. Smyth valuation must be met – chairmanLinfield chairman Roy McGivern has told the Belfast Telegraph that no decision has been taken on Smyth’s future and that his club “has to be recompensed” before agreeing to let him go. “We’re all very keen for Paul to progress and I have no doubt that he will play at a higher level but it remains to be seen whether that is this year or next year,” McGivern said.“There has been a significant amount of interest in Paul, which is no surprise, but he is still very much a Linfield player and will be playing at Dungannon this weekend. We will see what happens.“There is interest and if a club meets our valuation of the player, then the club will discuss it, but we’re not at that stage yet. No decision has been made on Paul’s future.“We don’t want to stand in anybody’s way but the club has to be recompensed.”Transfer gossip: Reading linked with QPR target Middlesex loseMiddlesex’s hopes of qualifying for the T20 Blast knockout stages were comprehensively ended in Cardiff.The visitors needed to win and hope for other results to go their way but faced a frustrating wait after a lengthy rain delay, which reduced the match to 14 overs per side.When they batted, Middlesex made 99-8, with Adam Voges scoring an unbeaten 58.Glamorgan won with an over to spare after Aneurin Donald made 33 and a partnership of 46 between Jacques Rudolph (22 not out) and Chris Cooke (25 not out) saw the home side to victory.Middlesex lost wickets at regular intervals, sliding to 7-3, 17-4 and 24-5.last_img read more