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Govt officials would have faced jail time in developed countries – Canadian Union

first_imgSeverance payment delays– announces Cdn$44,000 programme to train 120 community coordinatorsCanada’s largest Private Sector trade union, Unifor, has expressed deep concerns over Government’s handling of the sugar industry, particularly when it comes to ensuring that dismissed sugar workers are given their severance package in full.Director for Human Rights and International Department at Unifor, MohamadUnifor Director Mohamad AlsadiAlsadi, told Guyana Times on the sidelines of a one-day conference titled “Sugar – too big to fail” on Tuesday at the Grand Coastal Hotel, which they sponsored, that it is Unifor’s hope that Government act quickly to address the workers concerns.“I have never seen a Government that does something as little as taking someone’s severance, especially after losing their jobs. So, for us, this is a big issue. I mean if this was in Canada, I can assure that they could have gone to jail. It’s serious stuff. So, the Government needs to take this seriously,” the Unifor official said.Alsadi said his union has had a longstanding relationship with many trade unions, including the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU). He said it was important that not only Unifor sponsor the event but attend it to get a chance to listen directly from workers and representatives from both sides of Government.“Obviously today’s conference was important for me and for our president to hear directly from the workers. We were here last year and we did go to some of the estates and met with some of the workers but hearing today from the Minister of State (Joseph Harmon) and the Opposition obviously there are different stories, two different point of views,” he added.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe Unifor official said they are saddened by what was presented and the sufferings being faced by the thousands of sugar workers that have been put on the breadline. He committed to working closely with Guyana’s trade unions in general and do all that they can to help. According to him, the main goal is to help save the sugar industry.“So we are going to work with them in solidarity and do all we can and hopefully they will be able to sort out some of the outstanding issues for sugar workers because people have families, communities are devastated and that needs to be fixed.”Fight backMeanwhile, President of Unifor Jerry Dias told the attendees at the conference that it is incomprehensible that Government would move to close the number one industry in Guyana, without first carrying out an impact assessment on how people’s lives would be affected by the closure.On that note, Dias said to workers and union heads that now is the time for them to “fight back” and do not take the road of the past of “least resistance.” He labelled Minister of State Joseph Harmon’s speech as an “economic debate” rather than a presentation on a way forward for the industry.Harmon, who represented the Government, did not provide any assurance of a timeframe within which the final severance payments will be made. He hinted that GAWU and National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NACCIE) were at the table when the issue of severance was discussed.Minister of State Joseph HarmonOn the other hand, however, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who also addressed the conference, did not back down on this issue. In fact, Jagdeo observed that the Minister failed to provide a definitive answer as to when final severance payments will be made to those who are still owed from all the now closed sugar estates.The former Head of State renewed calls for Government to honour its obligation and comply with the laws of Guyana and pay over the full severance payments.Some 7000 sugar workers were dismissed on December 29, 2017, without severance being paid “on termination” as required by the law to all of them. Severance was paid in part to over 4000 of the 7000 dismissed sugar workers.The Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act stipulates that workers who are made redundant must be paid severance upon termination.Meanwhile, Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Indra Chandarpaul used the opportunity to call on Government to provide subsidies (water and electricity) to the dismissed sugar workers. She said this obtains in mining communities where Bauxite workers were laid off and there should not be any difficulty in implementing same.FITUG President Carvil Duncan also urged the GAWU to pass a resolution that would seek to ensure that retrenched workers would be the first to be reemployed in the sugar industry, and demand that GuySuCo put a timeframe in which to pay severance.At the end of the conference, Unifor announced further support to GAWU by launching a programme through the union’s Social Justice Fund at the tune of Cdn$44,000.The programme will see 120 community coordinators being trained in six sugar estates to further the discussion on the future of the country’s sugar sector. The coordinators will also work to increase community involvement and workers participation in the restructuring process and to improve conditions for agriculture workers. (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

Rice breaks ground for a new multipurpose Recreation and Wellness Center

first_imgShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE: 713-348-6770E-MAIL: [email protected] breaks ground for a new multipurpose Recreation and Wellness CenterRice University broke ground today for a $41 million Recreation and Wellness Center that will offer students, faculty and staff state-of-the-art workout and health facilities for everything from competitive swimming and billiards to nutritional counseling and meditative classroom space. Project manager Joe Buchanan said the building will feature several distinctive design elements: Long Description Donors and dignitaries waved flags to signal the start of the recreation center construction. Long Description The two-story, 103,000-square-foot building will house two indoor basketball courts, four racquetball courts, two squash courts, a 50-meter outdoor competition pool, a 2,500-square-foot recreation pool, cardio-fitness equipment, weights, a dance studio, billiards, table tennis, two outdoor lighted basketball courts, locker rooms and a ”wellness” courtyard. Scheduled to open in August 2009, it will also serve as the new home of the Rice Wellness Center.“Rice students have always studied hard, and now they will have a wonderful new facility where they can play just as hard,” President David Leebron said. “We know that a healthy mind and a healthy body go hand in hand, and this facility can accommodate almost everyone’s needs and interests. It will become yet another place, along with our new Brochstein Pavilion, where we can come together for informal activities and interaction.”Rice will hold a grand opening later this week for the pavilion, a glassed-in café located on the west side of Fondren Library in the university’s Central Quadrangle. Both facilities are part of a major construction initiative at Rice as the university prepares to increase its student body and raise its profile as a premier international research university under Leebron’s 10-point Vision for the Second Century. The Recreation and Wellness Center will be funded solely through philanthropy. “We are particularly grateful to David and Barbara Gibbs for making the lead gift for this historic project,” Leebron said. “We also want to thank Ralph O’Connor and Carl Isgren for their generous gifts.”David and Barbara Gibbs are both alumni of Rice. David received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering — both in 1971. Barbara received a B.A. in Spanish in 1973.  She went on to earn an M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1977.  David is now president of David K. Gibbs Associates, a real estate agency that he established in 1978.                     JEFF FITLOW Donor Barbara Gibbs presents President Leebron with the first of many palm trees that will flank the new recreation center. Ralph O’Connor served as a term governor at Rice from 1967 to 1976 and then as a trustee from 1976 to 1988.  He returned as a trustee from 1994 until 1996, when he became a trustee emeritus. He received a B.A. in biology from Johns Hopkins University in 1951 and completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 1967.  He is founder and CEO of the investment firm Ralph S. O’Connor & Associates, which he established in 1987.Carl Isgren is a Rice alum and a trustee. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and economics from Rice in 1961. He was elected to the board in 2004. Isgren retired in 1997 as president and CEO of Owen Healthcare Inc. after negotiating the merger of Owen and Cardinal Healthcare. Under his leadership, Owen became the leading provider of hospital pharmacy management services in the U.S.The new rec center will be located at the northwest corner of Alumni Drive and Laboratory Road, kitty-corner from the Student Center and adjacent to the north campus recreational fields. As it did with other major construction projects on campus, Rice relocated several mature elm and oak trees to make room for the building without reducing the campus’s famous tree population.The Athletics Department will manage the center. “Nearly every Rice student participates in sports of some kind, and there’s no doubt in my mind that they will be thrilled with all of the options available in the new Recreation and Wellness Center,” Del Conte said. “This facility will add another great dimension to the total Rice experience for students, as well as for faculty and staff.”  JEFF FITLOW Donor David Gibbs speaks to a crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Rice Recreation and Wellness Center.He was joined on stage by, from left, Student Association President Matt Youn, Director of Athletics Chris Del Conte, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Jim Crownover, David Gibbs, donor Barbara Gibbs, Rice President David Leebron, donor Ralph O’Connor and Graduate Student Association President Michael Contreras.  TOMMY LAVERGNE AddThis Long Description About adminlast_img read more