Guyana: The Berbice River shall remain blocked until Russian eye-pass by RUSAL ceases – Lincoln Lewis

Article on RUSAL – The Bauxite Company of Guyana (BCGI) – website

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  • brandli62  On 01/28/2020 at 12:22 pm

    The story of defiance of RUSAL is a scandal and requires serious investigations. I hope that the people of Guyana will keep this in mind, when casting their votes in the general elections this coming March.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 01/28/2020 at 1:21 pm

    Very disturbing state of affairs.

  • Trevor  On 01/29/2020 at 7:45 pm

    White man get prime real estate in GT, while my friends living in the white countries are harassed by the nationalists and warned by police that their complaints are potential felonies (such as my mixed-race Indo-Guyanese friend telling a cop that he wants to use a steel toe boot to smash a racist white man’s head like cardboard because the racist was mocking Hinduism and Islam to provoke a fight).

    Is this how the world treats the non-whites? The white man can steal, rob, shoot away inside places of worship, enslave and pillage, but acts of protest are viewed as bad?

  • guyaneseonline  On 01/29/2020 at 10:00 pm

    RUSAL now sends home almost all remaining workers immediately
    Posted by: Denis Chabrol in Demerara Waves – Business, News January 29, 2020

    The Russian Aluminium (RUSAL)-controlled Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc. (BCGI) on Wednesday afternoon issued a notice that 146 more workers have been laid off immediately but the union vowed to continue blocking the Upper Berbice River until they are all reinstated or paid severance.

    That is in addition to the 142 who have been already laid off due to insufficient fuel seven days,

    Representative of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GBGWU), Ephraim Velloza said most of the Russian workers earlier Wednesday left the bauxite mine at Aroaima.

    Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman said the Ministry of Social Protection’s Chief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle was scheduled to visit the worksite on Thursday. Velloza said all the union has been receiving from government parliamentarians- Jermaine Figueira, Audwin Rutherford and Sidney Allicock- were assurances that the matter was being addressed.

    But in correspondence from RUSAL dated January 29, 2020 and signed by BCGI General Manager, Gennavil Deravyanko , the named workers were told that, “We wish to advise that we are forced to further reduce operations and to lay off employees due to adverse operating circumstances including shipment interruption due to the blockage of the Berbice River,” the official said, adding that they “would be recalled as soon as the situation returns to normal.”

    Velloza said the workers should have been given two weeks notice. He called on government or the company to resolve the issue because “we are not getting any income at the present moment.” “We are saying if you lay off everybody, pay us off. Rehire who you want to rehire, fire who you want to fire and we will remove from here (stop blocking the river),” he told News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM/ Demerara Waves Online News.

    With the blockage of the river, BCGI is unable to take bauxite to a floating transshipment station at the mouth of the Berbice River for loading to ocean-going vessels that take consignments to Russia and other international destinations.

  • Trevor  On 01/29/2020 at 10:44 pm

    What I find puzzling is that RUSAL has claimed that they are not making money, yet they are continuing operations for years. Something doesn’t add up.

  • brandli62  On 01/30/2020 at 4:03 am

    I could not agree more with Trevor’s comments. Looks like a major government investigation is necessary. A temporary suspension of the licence to operate should also be considered.

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