Category: IUF Sugar

Kenya and Ghana: Sharing and transferring experiences on preventing sexual harassment at the workplace

The IUF Global Sugar and Palm Oil Program organised a joint activity with the General Agricultural Workers Union of TUC of Ghana (GAWU) and the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation workers in Ghana of the week of Mach 5-10. Around 80 GAWU members in three different workshops in the same number of palm oil estates, …

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Argentina: Transnational Grupo Gloria closes the San Isidro mill in Salta

Reckoned as a major main source of employment in the Campo Santo locality, 59 km from Salta city in Salta province, the San Isidro mill was closed overnight on 20 January by the Grupo Gloria, a trans-national company based in Peru.

The close to 800 directly employed workers were informed through a sign posted on …

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Kenya: KUSPW leading the fight to prevent sexual harassment in the sugar sector

From 8 to 12 October, the IUF Sugar & Palm Oil project held activities with the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation Workers (KUSPW) to finalise a three-year effort on the union’s stance regarding preventing and fighting sexual harassment in Kenya’s sugar sector. This program, which run from May 2015 to April 2017, followed a pattern …

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IUF Caribbean Sugar Workers Alliance launched

Supporting the Guyanese sugar workers unions of GAWU and NAACIE and organizational drives by the Belize Workers’ Union (BWU) were two main decisions of the recently constituted Caribbean Sugar Workers’ Alliance launched at a meeting held in Antigua (May 30-31).

As it has been reported on this site, the Guyana Agricultural and General …

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Kenya: Sugar workers observe Workers’ Memorial Day

The IUF Global Sugar and Palm Oil Program and the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation Workers (KUSPW) observed the Workers’ Memorial Day, April 28th, with weeklong activities that included workshops on the impact of sexual harassment on the health and safety of sugar workers in Kenya. The program also included a march through the roads …

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Guyana: GAWU on the future of Sugar and GuySuCo

The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) responded on 17 February to an invitation by the government to submit recommendations regarding the government proposed restructuring and the future of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).

Read here GAWU presentation to government on GuySuCo future.

The GAWU document comments on the government proposals disputing the wisdom …

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Commentary on Guyana: Whither are thou GuySuCo?

A circular of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) dated 25 January and untitled “GAWU in the dark about sugar investors” says that, even when being a “sugar stakeholder” representing some 15,000 sugar workers had to learned, through media reports (!), that the government and the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) are talking to …

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Hawaii: The End of Sugar

On a 17 December 2016 article, the Hawaii Public Radio described some of the last deliveries of sugar cane to the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar (HC&S) 1901-built Pu‘unene Mill in Maui, the very last of the Hawaii’s sugar mills in operation. It added: “Cheers break out from the hundreds of workers standing nearby.”[1]

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Belize: BWU signs a CBA on behalf of field workers

The Belize Workers’ Union (BWU) signed on 5 January 2017 an agreement with the Belize Sugar Industries Ltd. (BSIL) granting a five percent wage increase over three years (on a 3-1-1 percent increases). New highest daily rate (9 hrs) is 72.10 Belizean dollars (BZD) paid to a heavy-duty operator (2016-2017) that will go up to …

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Kenya: KUSPW’s actions on Sexual Harassment at the workplace.

Gender-related matters, such as sexual harassment and violence against women, are rightly taking more of the media space[1]; the challenge is for individuals to effectively identify such occurrences in their daily life. Sensitisation is a major effort to develop such understanding to enhance our response to alleged cases, share the somebody else’ plight …

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