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Arrival of Chinese raises coronavirus fears at Bosai’s Linden bauxite operations

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Guyanese workers at Bosai Minerals Group (Guyana), a bauxite company in Linden, are concerned about the arrival of at least five Chinese from mainland China who have since been quarantined in their rooms as a precaution against the potentially deadly coronavirus (Covid-19). However, Bosai General Manager, Eric Yu said the Chinese nationals, who are from Chongqing, passed through Germany where ...

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GuySuCo offers sugar workers 5% increase

The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) on Monday said it offered field and factory workers a 5% increase in wages and negotiations are continuing with the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU). Refuting a report in the pro-opposition PPP Guyana Times newspaper that GuySuCo’s offer was around one percent, the state-owned sugar corporation said that on February 7, 2020, it ...

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Sugar workers poised to get pay increase

Thousands of sugar workers are set to get a wage and salary increase next month whether or not negotiations with the two trade unions are successful, a senior official of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) disclosed. GuySuCo’s Chief Industrial Relations Manager, Deodat Sukhu told News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM/Demerara Waves Online News that his negotiating team has already ruled out ...

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Police, residents standoff at Aroaima over removal of river blockade

Following nearly two weeks of industrial action by Russian Aluminium (RUSAL)-controlled Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc. (BCGI) workers, police and residents, at Aroaima, are now in a standoff over efforts by lawmen to remove the blockade of the Upper Berbice River, police said. Police on Wednesday swooped down on the area and removed ropes and drums that angry workers and ...

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RUSAL fires BCGI workers, suspends operations in Guyana

Russian Aluminium (RUSAL) on Monday decided to close operations at the Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc (BCGI) and fire all 326 workers, citing industrial unrest and damage to property. “The suspension of BCGI will have no impact on the Company’s overall performance, as the expected decline in the overall bauxite supply from Guyana will be substituted with raw material from ...

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GB&GWU insists on arbitration, other demands before workers recall

The Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GB&GWU) on Saturday said it has made up its mind that its pay dispute with the Russian Aluminium (RUSAL)-controlled Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc must be taken to arbitration. Reacting to positions taken by RUSAL representative, Vladimir Permyakov and ahead of a meeting government’s Department of Labour plans to seek with the union, ...

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Labour summons RUSAL-BCGI to key meeting over layoff of 288 workers

The Ministry of Social Protection’s Department of Labour Thursday afternoon summoned the management of Russian Aluminium (RUSAL)-controlled Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc. (BCGI) to a meeting on Friday to discuss the layoff of a total of 288 workers within the past week without the legally-required notice. Junior Minister of Social Protection Keith Scott, insisting that BCGI has “not properly notified ...

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RUSAL sends home most of remaining workers

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 workers who have been already been made redundant. Representative ...

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RUSAL workers block Berbice river over layoff of 140 workers; union cites political interference

Workers at the Russian Aluminium (RUSAL)-controlled Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc. (BCGI) have blocked the upper Berbice River to demand the reinstatement of 140 workers who were laid off from Thursday and the settlement of other grievances, their union said. At a meeting called by the Chief Labour Officer and BCGI, the union said it also advised that it would ...

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