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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: 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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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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RUSAL expected to reinstate workers, told to recognise union – Amna Ally

Senior Minister of Labour, Amna Ally said government expected that RUSAL-BCGI would reinstate the 61 workers who were dismissed last week Monday because they went on strike for higher pay, fringe benefits and better working conditions. In a meeting with branch representatives of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GBGWU) at Maple Town, Aroaima, Ally said the company could no ...

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Striking RUSAL-BCGI workers refuse individual handout of gov’t hampers

MAPLE TOWN, Aroaima – Striking workers at the United Company Russian Aluminium (RUSAL)-controlled Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI) Friday afternoon refused to accept, individually, government relief hampers. General Secretary of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GBGWU), Lincoln Lewis advised the workers at the Aroaima bauxite operations to let the leadership of the local union branch take control ...

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RUSAL workers in Guyana throw down gauntlet at company, gov’t

Ahead of a meeting with top government ministers Friday afternoon, workers of the United Company Russian Aluminium (RUSAL)-controlled Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI) laid down several demands. At a meeting held at the BCGI Club House, Maple Town, Aroaima (Upper Demerara-Berbice), the workers were told by the President of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers’ Union (GBGWU) Branch President, ...

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RUSAL workers resist eviction, gov’t vows to clampdown on “justifiable grievances”

As representatives of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers’ Union (GBGWU), Russian Aluminium (RUSAL) and the Ministry of Labour prepare to discuss on Monday a pay dispute and alleged violation of workers rights, the union on Sunday further complained that efforts were being made to evict them from a housing settlement near the mine site. “Workers have ignored the edict ...

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