After 60 striking workers who were dismissed by bauxite company – Russian Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI) – which is owed by RUSAL, for downing tools in protest of an arbitrary one per cent salary increase, Government met with the company on Wednesday.Led by Minister of State Joseph Harmon; Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman; Social Protection Minister Amna Ally; and Junior Social Protection Minister with responsibility for Labour, Keith Scott; along with RUSAL’s representative Vladimir Permyakov and Director of Alumina and Bauxite Department at RUSAL, Sergey Kostyuk; met to discuss ways in which the issue can be resolved in an amicable manner.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman; Social Protection Minister, Amna Ally and Chief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle meeting with RUSAL’s representative, Vladimir Permyakov and Director of Alumina and Bauxite Department at RUSAL, Sergey KostyukDuring the meeting, Harmon asserted that Guyanese workers must be treated in a respectful manner and the country’s labour laws must be upheld.“There are two objectives to this: the Guyanese workers must be treated in a respectful and fair manner at all times; their rights must be respected and at the same time, the company must function and ensure it makes profits for its shareholders. It is a question of finding common ground and ensure that our workers’ rights are respected. We must find common ground to move forward. The issues must be dealt with in a clear way,” Harmon is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.Ally also shared that the Government has sought to lay out its contentions, giving the company an equal opportunity to do so as well. Adding to that, the dismissed workers will also get a chance to be heard today via a meeting with Government at Aroaima.Officials from the company also committed to making a decision after further discussions with their principals.Meanwhile, at a press conference on Friday last, when asked for a comment on the issue, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said Guyana’s laws must be upheld.The 60 workers were fired by the bauxite company for protesting against a one per cent salary increase. On Tuesday, residents of Kwakwani, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) in disagreement with the dismissal of the striking employees attached to the company retaliate by blocking the access road which leads to the company located at Aroaima.During initial deliberations, representatives of the company stated that they do not recognise the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GBGWU), which has been advocating for the affected workers.“We have no relation with this union,” the Russian company’s representative said. “It happened before I came to Guyana to work… it was an alternative poll. This poll took place on October 3, 2017. It was won by Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union.“Only a few weeks after, we got information that the Judge in (a case decided) this board was constituted with some breaches and could be considered illegal. It meant former worker was considered by decision of judge illegal. I think many people knew the Board was illegal. But nobody said to us such a (poll) could be considered nil and void.”This is a reference to the judgement issued in the case of the Trade Union Recognition and Certification Board (TURCB) versus the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG).FITUG General Secretary Carvil Duncan had claimed that TURCB unilaterally appointed a chairman in 2015 without consulting them, and only recognised the Guyana Trades Union Congress.In the written judgement issued by the High Court on November 8, 2017, it said FITUG was not consulted prior to the appointment of a chair in 2015. This was found to be in violation of the Trade Union Recognition Act, especially as it relates to the selection of a chairman of the organisation.Chairman of the Union, Lewis maintained that the company has no authority to ascertain this, stating that it a responsibility of the Trade Union Recognition and Certification Board (TURCB).
A shop assistant thought she was going to be killed when two men robbed her shop.Shauna Cooper was left terrified and fearing for her life when two men robbed Munchies confectionary shop in Buncrana.One of two brothers appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today charged with the robbery of the shop on February 15th, 2011. Richard McDonagh, 31, had pleaded guilty to the charge.His brother Francis has also pleaded guilty and will be sentenced at a later date.Ms Cooper, who was then 23, was working in the shop when the two men arrived.Francis McDonagh pushed her back when she tried to stop the men from coming behind the counter.Ms Cooper told investigators “I was fearful for my life and that he was going to hit me. I had visions in my head that I was going to be killed and didn’t know if they were going to pull a gun or a knife.”The men eventually grabbed the till drawer which contained €200 and fled the scene, pulling boxes down as they went to block Ms Cooper from following them.The Gardai were alerted and the two men were caught a short time later as Ms Cooper identified them.The court heard that Richard McDonagh, of Castle Avenue, Buncrana, was out on bail for other alleged offences and had 49 previous convictions.Defence barrister Fiona Crawford said her client had battled with a drug and drink addiction but was now clean for seven months and was attending a programme in prison.Judge John O’Hagan described the robbery as a shocking, scary and frightening experience for Ms Cooper.“She didn’t know what was going to happen,” he said.Judge O’Hagan sentenced McDonagh to two and a half years in prison and backdated it to November, 2012 when he was first put in custody.SHOP ASSISTANT THOUGHT SHE WAS GOING TO BE KILLED DURING HOLD-UP was last modified: January 30th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaFrancis McDonaghGardaiLetterkenny Circuit CourtMunchiesRichard McDonaghShauna Cooper