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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 (GB&GWU) 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. GB&GWU 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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Gold Board wants to buy “all gold” directly from miners

The state-owned Guyana Gold Board (GGB) is further decentralising its operations by deploying roving representatives in mining communities, General Manager Eondrene Thompson announced Monday. The GGB’s main office is located in Georgetown and a satellite office in Bartica, in addition to agents who are licensed dealers. But Thompson said her entity wants to buy all of the precious yellow metal ...

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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 (GB&GWU) 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 (GB&GWU), 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 (GB&GWU) Branch President, ...

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