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GuySuCo’s money runs out – Chairman says accountants resign; credit being refused

The smaller-sized state-owned Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) says it has no money and wants the Government to help.

According to the largest union for sugar workers, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) yesterday, it has learnt that GuySuCo is facing the prospect of closure having exhausted its finances and was desperately requiring the support of the Government.

In a letter of May 15, 2020 from GuySuCo’s Chairman, John Dow, appealed to President David Granger for his intervention “…to use your good offices to arrange for funding to prevent the impending closure of the Industry”.            Continue reading

GuySuCo aiming for new 55,000 ton white sugar plant at Albion – GAWU

The GAWU-GuySuCo meeting
The GAWU-GuySuCo meeting

GAWU today said that GuySuCo has told it that it is planning for a new 55,000-tonne white sugar plant at Albion. The sugar union said this was disclosed by GuySuCo at a wide-ranging meeting on November 20, 2019

A statement by GAWU follows:

After more than a year of seeking to meet the GuySuCo about its plans to engender the viability of the miniaturized sugar industry, the GAWU was finally able to receive a presentation from the Corporation on November 20, 2019. The existence of a plan came to light following President David Granger’s address to the National Assembly in October, 2018. At that time, the President had disclosed that a plan was being developed.            Continue reading

Guyana: Sugar Industry: 2nd crop production target unlikely- GAWU

“The union learnt that as of yesterday morning (October 24), production for the crop stood at 35,397 tonnes sugar. Thus the industry is required to produce 40,446 tonnes sugar if it is to realize its target of 75,843 tonnes.”

Production at the individual GuySuco estates was as follows:-            Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Jagdeo’s attack on GAWU

Guyana Politics: Jagdeo’s attack on GAWU

Feb 22, 2018 Kaieteur News –  Editorial 

The past few weeks have been a trying period for the sugar workers and their union, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU).The closure of four sugar estates by the government was criticized by the political opposition, unions, especially GAWU and sugar workers.

For years, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GUYSUCO) was kept afloat by billions of dollars in subsidies from the government. Since taking office in May 2015, the Granger Administration pumped some $32 billion into GUYSUCO.   Continue reading

Guyana: Jagdeo slams GAWU President’s position on sugar talks with govt + Video

Jagdeo slams GAWU President’s position on sugar talks with govt

Komal Chand – GAWU

General Secretary of the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Bharrat Jagdeo on Saturday publicly rejected positive statements by the President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Komal Chand about talks with President David Granger.

While Jagdeo insisted that the PPP “has no rift” with GAWU, he appeared to send a strong signal that he would not mind the now aged Chand and other union elders removed. “We will support the union there. You have a lot of good, strong, young, bright leaders of GAWU who will have a great future in building that union and keeping it relevant,” he said.     Continue reading

Guyana: Unions, Govt. agree to cooperate on finding solutions to sugar woes

-46 percent of workers likely to be paid full severance by month-end

President David Granger and his ministers at the critical meeting with union officials yesterday.

Unions, Govt. agree to cooperate on finding solutions to sugar woes

President David Granger and members of Cabinet yesterday met with the President and members of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) at the Ministry of the Presidency to discuss the future of the sugar industry.     Continue reading

Guyana’s Sugar: Downsizing will save GuySuCo – commentary

DOWNSIZING WILL SAVE GUYSUCO

Guysuco threatens to halt current crop; bonus talks deadlocked

Guysuco threatens to halt current crop; deadlock reached on 2015 annual incentive

The Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco) Friday warned that it would shut down operations for the current crop if workers do not stop their weekly strike action, even as the cash-strapped entity reluctantly agreed to take a pay-dispute to arbitration.

“Such behaviour by the Union would leave the Corporation with no alternative but to put a halt to the current crop until the Union gives it fullest commitment to allowing the crop to proceed unhindered,” said the state-owned sugar entity in a statement.

Guysuco said it was aware of GAWU’s calls for workers to strike every Tuesday and the likelihood of such industrial action intensifying in the coming weeks.     Continue reading

Guyana: Emancipation Day messages – 2014

Emancipation Day messages -2014

AUGUST 1, 2014 | BY KNEWS |

His Excellency, President Donald Ramotar
On the occasion of the 176th Anniversary of the abolition of slavery, I extend best wishes to Guyanese in general and to Afro-Guyanese in particular.
This is without doubt one of the most important dates in our history.  It is also one of the major blows struck for the Independence of our country.
As we salute our fore parents for the sacrifices and the struggle they made towards our freedom, let us today take inspiration from it to score greater successes in building a strong economy and in strengthening our country as a whole.
Once again, best wishes for a brighter future for all.
Happy Emancipation!

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People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR)
The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) joins the Guyanese people in celebrating the 176th Anniversary of the Emancipation of enslaved Africans. The Party regards this event as the most significant in the foundation of our nation and the formation of our society. It was the first step in our country’s long march towards social equality, economic independence and political freedom.   Continue reading

Guyana’s Sugar Industry – GuySuCo in deep financial crisis

GuySuCo in deep financial crisis

 JANUARY 1, 2014 | KNEWS | – owes creditors $10.5B

“No turnaround unless industry fixes agri problems” – GAWU warns

Government, this year, will be scrambling to find solutions for the country’s sugar industry as production fell to an embarrassing 23-year low in 2013.  [President Donald Ramotar is pictured at right]

Production at the eight estates in Berbice and Demerara closed on December 21, the last day of grinding, at a dismal 186,807 tonnes. This was below the 190,000-tonne figure that had been targeted and which had been revised again and again from the original 260,000 tonnes at the beginning of the year. The situation has now left the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) owing banks and suppliers in excess of $10.5B, union officials confirmed yesterday.
Last month, the National Assembly approved a $4B bailout to help pay its 16,000-plus workers and meet other critical expenditure.

However, according to Seepaul Narine, General Secretary of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), the largest sugar workers’ union, the $4B will not be enough.

Once the ‘sweet king’, earning the hog’s share of foreign exchange, sugar has slid to third, behind gold and rice.  gold and rice Continue reading

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