Guyana: Closing Wales without consultation cannot be a move forward for GuySuCo

Commentary and Request for Solidarity Messages

I know the Guyana Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU) since 1982. It is a union who works hard on behalf of the workers in one of the country’s key economic pillars: sugar The sector is owned and run by the state under the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), with …

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Working in the boilers section of a sugar factory in Kenya

Video and information by Miriam Wanyama, KUSPAW

After hearing some workers’ complains, I visited the boilers and power house sections of the sugar estate in Kenya where I work. This video is of one boiler attendant.

The boilers, where heat is generated to produce steam, are old fashioned, and workers have to manually …

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Kenya: Confronting sexual harassment in the sugar sector. Joint work with KUSPAW (Chapter III)

In her remarks to the Chemelil-Muhoroni workshop, Caroline told us about a conversation she once had with a female colleague. The colleague, she said, had complained of ongoing sexual harassment at work, and had approached her for help – or at least to have someone to talk to. Caroline suggested accompanying her to talk to …

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South Africa: Confronting sexual harassment in the sugar sector: Joint work with FAWU (Chapter II)

From 1-5 February, the IUF Sugar and Palm Oil project held joint activities with the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) that focused on issues of concern for women workers. Some twenty delegates from the Sezela Sugar Estate and neighbouring cane farms participated and heard reports on the local situation and from Harden Heights, a …

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South Africa and Kenya: Confronting sexual harassment in the sugar sector (Chapter I)

The IUF Sugar and Palm Oil project in 2015-2017 works to strengthen unions by encouraging women workers to actively participate in the life of their unions and proactively engaging employers on working conditions. While there are three main topics covered by the project, namely Equality, Maternity Protection, with emphasis on Child Care facilities at the …

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Jamaica: Pan Caribbean Sugar latest redundancies

On 20 January, reports Jamaica media, three hundred and eight five workers will lose their jobs in Monymusk and in Frome, two sugar factories run by Pan-Caribbean Sugar. Two hundred and seventy nine mostly farm workers in the former; one hundred and six evenly split between farm and factory operations in the latter.

Union representatives …

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Guyana: Privatisation and Closures as GuySuCo moves forward?

Wales Sugar Estate Closed

On 18 January, the Ministry of Agriculture in charge of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) announced that the Wales Sugar Estate, in West Demerara, will be closed at the end of the second crop of 2016. The Ministry said Wales is a poor and run-down estate, with an old factory whose …

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Jamaica: Is this the calm before the storm?

The Sugar Industry Authority (SIA) early September awarded the Seprod Group, which runs the Golden Grove Company in St Thomas, a market-agency status. While some stakeholders are concerned with the potential negative impact to the island’s ability to meet obligations with Tate and Lyle Sugar, under a 2015-2016 crop year supply deal, the move underlines …

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France: Wage increase agreement ends Tereos strike

A seven-day strike (15-22 October) in six Tereos beet processing plants involving members of three unions, including the IUF affiliates, CFDT and FO-FGTA, ended with an agreement that provided a total wage increase of 1.1 percent – retroactive to 1 July – and a 0.30 percent in individual increases.

Tereos is a farmer cooperative reckoned …

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Kenya: Wage Increase in Nzoia Sugar in 2015-2017

Last August, the branch of the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation Workers (KUSPAW) at the Nzoia Sugar Company reached a two-year agreement increasing wages and granting other financial benefits effective in October.

The agreement calls for a 9.5 percent wage increase in the first year and 6.5 per cent in the second year, in addition …

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