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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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EPA refutes reports that Aurora gold mine resumed underground mining

Guyana’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday refuted reports that Aurora Gold Mine has resumed underground mining. EPA Director, Dr. Vincent Adams said the company was merely authorised to gather data to support its application for a permit to mine underground. “This permit is to conduct testing to collect data for the application of a permit so there is no ...

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South Africa to assist Guyana’s mining sector

South Africa and Guyana on Friday inked a wide-ranging declaration that could see this country benefitting in a range of areas. Signed by South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, Godfrey Oliphant and Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, the declaration provides for that southern African nation to assist Guyana with mapping among other areas. “At the invitation of the ...

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GGMC wants to pilot South Africa alternative offer of mercury-free gold mining

The Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) is considering the commercial mining of gold using mercury-free recovery methods such as the one that South Africa is offering to provide this country, ministers from both countries said Wednesday. Guyana’s Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman said he was aware that the GGMC has been discussing the possibility of becoming a gold ...

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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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RUSAL refuses to reinstate fired workers, terminates others, begins dismantling equipment

The Russian Aluminium (RUSAL)-controlled Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc. (BCGI) has sent home 30 more workers and said they would be paid, while those who remain on strike and are obstructing and threatening others who are going to work will not be rehired. Senior RUSAL officials also told Ministers of Labour, Amna Ally and Keith Scott,  and Chief Labour Officer, ...

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