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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 (GB&GWU) Branch President, ...

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Guyanese workers must be respected and labour laws upheld – Minister of State at RUSAL meeting

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon Thursday morning made it clear that Guyanese workers must be treated in a respectful manner and at all times the country’s labour laws must be upheld at a meeting with the executive members of the Russian Aluminium (RUSAL) company. The meeting aimed to identify ways in which the ongoing strike by workers and their subsequent ...

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No commitment that RUSAL bauxite workers would be reinstated

Top officials of United Company Russian Aluminium (UC RUSAL) and government’s Labour Department on Tuesday gave no clear indication on whether 60 workers, who were fired on Monday, would be reinstated. A number of angry persons blocked a road which leads to the mines at Kwakwani. Chief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle did not address claims by RUSAL’s Representative, Vladimir Permyakov that the ...

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OPINION: Gov’t must show some backbone to confront RUSAL’s “industrial terrorism”

by GHK Lall Something has to be made clear and straight: this is Guyana in 2019, and not the post 1917 USSR. The concerted line of attack against the workers in the bauxite industry by RUSAL points to a premeditated remorselessness that has not a single thread of healthy labor-management relations about it, or industrial relations best practices, or regard ...

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BREAKING: RUSAL-BCGI fires 61 Guyanese bauxite workers, union calls on President Granger to intervene

The Russian Aluminium (RUSAL)-controlled Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc. (BCGI) on Monday fired 61 workers, and company representatives refused to attend a meeting summoned by the Ministry of Labour, officials said. Chief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle and General Secretary of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GB&GWU), Lincoln Lewis said they were informed of the dismissal of the workers ...

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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 (GB&GWU), 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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RUSAL chases workers off mine site, shuts down sections

A number of workers at the Russian Aluminium (RUSAL)-controlled operations of Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc. have been ordered off the mine site and a section of the operations shut down, in the wake of a strike for increased salaries, according to a document sent to aggrieved workers. In a memorandum to all members of Mining Department/Mobile Equipment Maintenance, Managing ...

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Vice Chancellor denies running University of Guyana broke as workers demand forensic audit

University of Guyana (UG) workers on Wednesday intensified their demand for an in-depth examination of how the institution is spending its monies at a time when there is a cutback in certain expenses, but Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith denied responsibility for running the institution broke. “Of course, not! But it’s hazy and wanton to make public accusations of all kinds ...

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Labour Ministry intervenes in University of Guyana pay dispute

The University of Guyana (UG) workers’ unions are being asked to withdraw threats of industrial action to pave the way for the Labour Department to try settling a pay dispute with the administration of that publicly funded tertiary institution, Junior Labour Minister Keith Scott said. “While the Unions did not give a commitment to withdraw the threat they promised to ...

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