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Some power company workers get 8.5 percent salary increase

Junior and senior employees of the Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) would be getting an 8.5 percent increase in salaries retroactive to January 2019, based on an accord signed between the union and management. “The agreement follows negotiations that commenced in early December between GPL’s management and NAACIE (National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees). Negotiations concluded amicably ...

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Cash-strapped Troy Resources gold mining company fires hundreds of workers in Guyana

Financially-crippled by six weeks of closure that government had ordered following the death of a geologist in a mining pit, the Australian gold mining company, Troy Resources Limited, on Monday said it would send home almost 400 workers in Guyana. In an internal one-page memorandum seen by News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM/Demerara Waves Online News, the company told employees that ...

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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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