GAWU, GFC reach agreement to pay terminated workers

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The terminated forestry workers during the protest

The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) through discussions have reached an agreement regarding payments to employees who were terminated by the Commission.

GAWU had previously contended that the now former workers were entitled by virtue of their letters to receive severance entitlements consistent with the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act (TESPA).

The disagreement between the Union and the Commission saw the workers with the support of the GAWU taking protest actions to press their demands.

Following those protests, the union resumed dialogue with the Commission on the matter.

Given the protracted period, the GAWU said it felt that it was wise to continue discussions with a view to reaching an amicable settlement between the parties.

Through those discussions, the GAWU and the workers agreed to certain proposals wherein the Commission agreed to certain ex-gratia payments to workers.

“The workers felt the proposal was adequate and took account of the long and several battles to reach to that point. As a result, the Commission has now made available the payments to the workers,” GAWU said in a statement today.  

According to the union, “GAWU was heartened by the developments and recognised the importance of good faith, open and frank discussions to bring about a settlement. We believe this augur well for all involved.”