On 28 September 2005, the IUF-affiliated unions in the sugar industry, GAWU and NAACIE, organised a symposium on agriculture and the development of Guyana, with participation of some 40 union leaders and speakers from different institutions and organisations concerned with agriculture, in particular cane and sugar. The unions and the IUF organised the symposium from the perspective of decent work, decent jobs.
The following are the contributions to the symposium.
1- Dr Nanda Goupal, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Public Services on Social Dialogue.
2- Satyadeow Sawh, Guyana’s Minister of Agriculture on basic policies and instruments for agricultural development.
3- Dr Patsy Francis, dean of the faculty of Agriculture and Forestry of the University of Guyana on the potential of a diversified agriculture to support development.
4- Ronald Ali, chairman of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) on the corporation’s strategic plan.
5- Dr Ian McDonald, chief executive officer of the Sugar Association of the Caribbean, on the EU/ ACP trade arrangement and Guyana’s sugar.
6- Sam Lawrence, advisor to Caricom’s Regional Transformation Programme for Agriculture. (to be posted)
7- Seepaul Narine, general secretary of GAWU, on the trade union work in the sugar industry, underlining the commitment of workers to its survival, and the struggle of the unions to make the industry a place where decent jobs are available to workers.