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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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BCGI-RUSAL denies violating labour laws, demands blockade removal for workers recall

The Russian Aluminium (RUSAL)-controlled Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc. (BCGI) on Friday denied breaching the country’s labour laws by laying off 286 workers without notice, saying that it is ready to recall the workers when they lift the blockade of the Upper Berbice River. “Our main message to the ministry and to the authorities is that the blockade is an ...

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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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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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Striking Aurora Gold Mines workers being flown out, company suspends production

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The Cuyuni-based Aurora Gold Mines (AGM) is Wednesday expected to begin flying out striking workers and non-essential personnel to Georgetown following a sit-in for fear they would not be paid severance, Company Vice President Perry Holloway said. “About 100 employees are blocking operations and this is unsafe for (us) so we are stopping work on most parts of the mine ...

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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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