The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has said that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) workers have seen on average, a pay decline of approximately $284,000 over four years since 2014, something it has major concern about.General Secretary of the union Seepaul Narine disclosed that workers in the sugar industry are being paid rates-of-pay that were adjusted last in 2014. He said in the over 1,500 day or over 4 year period that has elapsed since the GuySuCo has chosen not to award its employees a pay rise, the workers have had to contend with several new measures.“Undoubtedly these impacted on their pockets and well-being. In the period since workers’ pay rates were adjusted, we must point out, according to the Bureau of Statistics, the cost of food, one of the most significant expenditure of workers, has risen by 12.4 per cent,” he highlighted.Narine also pointed out that in the intervening period, the cost of medical and personal care has risen by 8.5 per cent. “We recognise from the corporation’s financial statements between 2014 and 2017, average pay per worker in the sugar industry has declined on average by $284,000.”But the GAWU official did not stop there, he told the year-end press conference that when considering the wages earned by workers represented by GAWU, and taking into account the seasonality of their jobs, the loss of benefits and their earnings for other categories, it’s hard not to conclude that the field and factory workers take-home pay have recorded further declines.“It must be difficult for the workers to look around and see their relatives and friends employed elsewhere benefitting from increases in pay and improved working conditions thus allowing them to be better able to cope with the new realities of life and allow them to move forward in their lives whereas they are worse off than they were four years ago,” he posited.Further, the Union’s General Secretary also underscored that is it sad when GuySuCo, in some respect, repeats what occurred in the 1980s. He recalled during that period a nearly identical situation presented itself and was only corrected when workers’ pay rates suited the reality.He said, “While we do not believe it is wise to live in the past, we also should commit ourselves to avoiding a repeat of our pitfalls. On this score, we recall what former UK Prime Minister, Winston Churchill famously said seventy years ago “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it”.ProductionSpeaking about sugar production, Narine said at the week-ending December 22, production for the year stood at 103,511 tonnes for all remaining estates.While the union representative has expressed satisfaction with the fact that Government had offered a bonus to sugar workers, it said this initiative is nothing new to the industry. Finance Minister Winston Jordan, in his 2018 National Budget address, had informed the nation that 115,447 tonnes of sugar would have been produced this year.Meanwhile, while recognising that GuySuCo promised a bonus payment, the Union said this is by no means a new initiative. In fact, the arrangement under consideration is identical to the Annual Production Incentive (API) scheme which was suspended for a few years now.The API, as GAWU shared before, dates back to colonial times and is a form of deferred earnings premised on annual sugar production. “For the workers, the fact that the Corporation has offered such an incentive is a clear indication that their collective voices and actions could not be ignored by the GuySuCo hierarchy and, possibly, the powers-that-be,” he added.Workers, he said, remain concerned that the corporation has yet to consider the Union’s claim for a 15 per cent rise-in-pay retroactive to January 01, 2018. At this time, the GAWU and GuySuCo have already concluded discussions on the non-wage benefits. Those engagements resulted in a few improvements being secured, Narine also stated.GAWU says 2018 was indeed a remarkable year, which brought justice, though somewhat delayed, to workers. Narine said it also demonstrated the correctness of the Union’s positions and showed that despite adversity and difficulty workers can succeed.
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “He did a great job of bouncing back,” Leonard said. “He’s a pro. That’s what pros do, they know it’s just one game and they come in the next game ready to play.”Lowry, who missed all seven attempts in Game 1, shot 8 for 13 and led his team with seven assists.“He was big time tonight,” Nurse said. “That’s him at his finest.”Siakam said Lowry was visibly more tuned in Tuesday than he was Saturday.“From the jump he had that fire in his eyes,” Siakam said. “That’s the Kyle we know.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Leonard scored 12 points in the opening quarter as the Raptors led 26-18 after one.“Their defense set the tone for the game in the first quarter,” Clifford said.Lowry scored 11 points in the second and Siakam added six, putting Toronto up 51-39 at halftime. Orlando shot 13 for 40 in the opening two quarters.Leonard connected of seven of nine attempts in the third, scoring 17 points. The Raptors outscored the Magic 39-27 to take a 90-66 lead into the fourth.“At halftime, I thought we had settled down,” Clifford said. “Then, at the beginning of the third quarter, they were good and, frankly, we were awful.”TIP-INSMagic: Orlando missed its first five free throw attempts before Ross made two of three at 2:11 of the first. The Magic shot 8 for 16 at the line in the first half and finished 13 for 24. … Ross had 15 of Orlando’s 17 bench points in the first half. … The Magic were outscored 52-36 in the paint. … Orlando has outrebounded Toronto in all six meetings this season.Raptors: Lowry snapped his scoring slump by splitting a pair of free throws at 10:48 of the first, leading to thunderous applause. He was cheered again after hitting a 3 at 6:52. … Only four players scored in the first half. Leonard had 17, Lowry 15, Siakam 12 and Serge Ibaka 7. … Toronto has won nine straight playoff games in which it makes more 3-pointers than its opponent. Toronto shot 11 for 35 Tuesday, while Orlando was 9 for 34. … G Patrick McCaw (sprained right thumb) was not available despite practicing the previous two days. … Toronto is 8-8 all time in Game 2s.TURNED OVEROrlando had just 11 turnovers in Game 1 but gave the ball away 17 times in Game 2, including on both of its opening two possessions. MOST READ LATEST STORIES “If we’re going to make this a long series, and hopefully we will, we’re going to need to be stronger with the ball,” Gordon said. “Simple as that.”HOME SWEET HOMEOrlando has won nine straight at home and is unbeaten on its own court since a Feb. 22 loss to Chicago.“We feed off the crowd, we like their energy,” Gordon said.UP NEXTGame 3 is Friday night in Orlando.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH teams Pasig, Balanga hope to pull off surprises in FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, right, falls after being fouled by Orlando Magic guard Michael Carter-Williams (7) during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kept off the scoreboard in a Game 1 defeat, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry was “at his finest” in Game 2, at least in the eyes of coach Nick Nurse.Fellow All-Star Kawhi Leonard wasn’t too bad, either.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Leonard scored 37 points, Lowry bounced back with 22 and the Raptors routed the Orlando Magic 111-82 on Tuesday night, evening their Eastern Conference first-round series at one win apiece.Pascal Siakam had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who never trailed and led by as many as 34.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGame 3 is Friday night in Orlando.Leonard said Lowry “led us in intensity,” helping the East’s No. 2 seed avoid a 2-0 hole. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Despite playing in foul trouble for much of the night, Leonard finished with a career playoff-high 15 field goals. He made his first nine attempts from inside the arc before missing a layup.Leonard shot 15 for 22 before leaving to a standing ovation with 4:46 remaining and Toronto ahead 104-73.“Leonard was great,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “What are you going to do? He was great.”Leonard’s career playoff high is 43, set with San Antonio against Memphis on April 22, 2017. He made 14 baskets in that game.“Tonight he was just in a groove, getting downhill, getting to his spots,” Lowry said. “He’s a player who knows where he wants to be on the floor and when he gets to those spots, he’s pretty tough to guard.”Aaron Gordon scored 20 points, Terrence Ross had 15 and Evan Fournier 10 for the Magic, who won the opener 104-101 on a tiebreaking 3 by D.J. Augustin with 4.2 seconds to go.Nikola Vucevic, who shot 3 for 14 in Game 1, struggled again in Game 2, going 3 of 7 and scoring six points.“They did a good job taking away a lot of my strengths,” Vucevic said. “I’ve just got to figure out a way to be more aggressive, be more efficient offensively.”Augustin, who had 25 points Saturday, shot 1 for 6. Seven of his nine points came at the free throw line.Orlando didn’t score for almost five minutes to start the game, missing its first six shots and four straight free throws. The drought ended when Gordon rebounded and scored on Vucevic’s miss from the line at 7:14 of the first, answering an 11-0 Toronto run. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew