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GUYANA DERECOGNITION STRUGGLE

posted 17 Jan 2010, 13:33 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 17 Jan 2010, 14:16 ]
In the wake of moves by two state companies in Trinidad and Tobago to decertify the unions representing their employees, the  predominantly Russian-owned Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI) has voice its intention to "de-recognise" the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GB&GWU), the bargaining agent for most of the company’s 500-odd workers.
 
According to the Guyanese newspaper Stabroek News the workers at two of the company's installations had gone on strike during their struggle for a wage increase.
 
The Stabroek News reports that up to Tuesday 8th October, the company had not yet filed formal derecognition procedures.
 
Latest reports in the Guyanese newspaper Kaiteur News state that the company has decided to unilaterally impose a wage increase on the workers.
 
General Secretary of the Caribbean Congress of Labour, Comrade Lincoln Lewis, has published an insightful analysis of the situation
 
The union in an effort to  break the impasse has written to the Guyana Ethnic Relations Commission, the Recognition and Certification Board and the Russian Ambassador to Guyana. This move by the union has resulted in positive feedback from both the Ethnic Relations Commission and the recognition and certification board...more

 
PRESSURE MOUNTS ON GUYANA GOVERNMENT TO DEAL WITH RUSAL
 
Pressure is mounting on the Guyana Government to make a meaningful intervention in the impasse at the Russian controlled Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated. The government is a minority sharehiolder in the company and has made no move to come to the aid of workers who have been dismissed by the company which has repudiated the Collective Labour Agreement and has stood by while the company threartens to "de-recognise" the union... more.

 
LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNION CONDEMNS UNION BUSTING
 
The Guyana Local Govern-ment Officers Union (GLGOU) has condemned the recent actions of the Russian bauxite company RUSAL after several workers involved in industrial action had their services ended...more
 
GUYANA BAUXITE UNION CALLS ON MINISTER OF LABOUR TO UPHOLD THE LAW 
 
The General President of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers' Union, Charles Sampson, has urged the Minister of Labour, Mr. Mansoor Nazir, to uphold the laws of Guyana
 
UNION GENERAL SECRETARY THREATENED
 
General Secretary of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union, Leslie Gonsalves has reported to the Guyana Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, that he has been threatened by a senior employee of the Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc...more
 
 
UNION MEETS WITH RECOGNITION BOARD
 
On January 12th representatives of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers' Union met with officials of the Guyana Trade Union Registration and Certification Board. At that meeting a presentation was made outlining the union's position on relevant matters pertaining to the dispute with the Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated thatthe Board needs to act on.
 
 
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