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Guyana Goldfields workers call off strike

Guyana Goldfields Inc. announced Friday that the work stoppage at its Aurora mine that began on July 2 has ended, paving the way for union and the Ministry of Labour representatives to meet with aggrieved workers. “Employees are starting to return to work in a phased approach to ensure orderliness and full production is anticipated to resume shortly,” the company ...

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Industrial unrest at Aurora Gold Mines

Gold mining operations at Aurora Gold Mines in the Cuyuni River have been affected as several Guyanese workers who are upset that they stand to lose their jobs to foreign contracting companies aimed at reducing the cost of operations staged a protest, sources said Tuesday night. Early indications are that at least 70 workers initially downed tools in protest over ...

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Guyana Goldfields CEO to go as miner settles proxy fight with founder

Reproduced from Mining.com A bitter battle for control of Canada’s Guyana Goldfields (TSX: GUY) between the miner and dissenting shareholders led by founder and ousted chairman, Patrick Sheridan, has been finally settled this week, costing the company’s head his job. As part of the agreement, the Toronto-based miner is appointing two new independent directors to the board — Alan Pangbourne ...

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BCGI-RUSAL strike ends, union-management relationship to be entrenched

A strike at Russian Aluminium (RUSAL)-controlled Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc. (BCGI) ended on Tuesday with a decision to reinstate all 61 workers, and an assurance that the union’s role in representing all workers is fully entrenched. The 61 workers were dismissed last month after going on strike to protest a one-percent increase in salaries. Another 30 or more workers ...

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RUSAL-BCGI management finally recognises union, to begin talks Friday

The management of United Company Russian Aluminium (UC RUSAL)-controlled Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI) on Monday decided to recognise the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers’ Union (GB&GWU), paving the way for the two sides to open negotiations on outstanding grievances. “The issue of recognition is not on the table. The company has made it clear that this is the ...

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RUSAL-BCGI workers will continue river blockade until labour dispute is resolved – unions

The United Company Russian Aluminium (RUSAL)-controlled Bauxite Company of Guyana, Inc. on Monday called on striking workers to stop blocking the upper Berbice River and allow bauxite-laden barges to pass in exchange for the reinstatement of 61 workers, officials said. Government’s Chief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle and Junior Minister of Labour, Keith Scott said the company has tabled proposals to ...

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RUSAL suspends Guyana operations, moves equipment to warehouse for protection

Russian aluminum giant, RUSAL, has suspended bauxite production in Guyana and moved its equipment to a warehouse for protection, the Russian news agency, Sputnik, reported Sunday. “At the moment, the activities of the mining department are still suspended; equipment has been moved to a warehouse and is under protection,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying. Aggrieved workers began blocking the ...

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RUSAL-BCGI: Gov’t to consider implications of “either them closing or we closing them”- Trotman

As the Labour Department hopes to meet with the management of the Russian Aluminium (RUSAL)-controlled Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI) and the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers’ Union (GB&GWU) in yet another move to reinstate 61  dismissed workers, government is considering whether to shut down the operations. Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman said “we are very disappointed and ...

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BCGI-RUSAL workers block Berbice River to prevent bauxite barges from passing; union requests compulsory arbitration

The Guyana Bauxite and General Workers’ Union (GBGWU) on Wednesday reinforced its demand for a two-week old industrial dispute to be settled by  arbitration, even as aggrieved workers blocked the Berbice River where barges collect bauxite. GBGWU General Secretary, Lincoln Lewis said he formally asked Senior Labour Minister, Amna Ally to activate compulsory arbitration whose findings and recommendations would be ...

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