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GAWU says calls for GuySuCo CEO’s removal not “personal;” hopes to rebuild “strained” relationship


L-R: President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) Seepaul Narine and Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo’s) Chief Executive Officer Sasenarine Singh

Calls for the sacking of the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo’s) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sasenarine Singh have been ringing in, and President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) Seepaul Narine said that the union’s call for him to be removed is no way “personal.”


Instead, Narine said the decision was made based on workers’ complaints compounded by GuySuCo’s failure to address the workers’ concerns. Moreover, the GAWU President noted that the union has a reputation of fairness to uphold.


“We share that view not because of any prejudice by the union but because of reports that we have received […] I have nothing or any one of us in the union have anything personal against anyone in GuySuCo, but our heartthrob is the survival of the industry, and that’s where our concern will always be,” he said in a recent interview with MTV News Update.


In recent months, there have been allegations on social media claiming that the calls to fire Singh were personal since the union and GuySuCo have not been seeing “eye to eye,” and Narine indeed admitted that while they did share a difference of opinions, it was never personal.


Currently, he noted that both parties “are talking,” but the relationship is still “strained” as they both have “different views” when it comes to resolving matters.


The union still stands on its position to have Singh fired, which Narine agreed might not be one everyone agrees with.


In the meantime, he said they are willing to work with GuySuCo to rebuild their relationship in the best interest of the sugar workers.


The union has time and time again called for the firing of Singh. In fact, Narine, at the commemoration of the 74th anniversary of the Enmore Martyrs, reiterated this call while remembering the workers, but President Irfaan Ali had called for unity among both parties.


The Head-of-State had even told GuySuCo’s management that business could not be done as usual.


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