Sugar workers at the Rose Hall Estate on Monday intensified their strike with a protest outside the estate at East Canje, Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne), calling for the removal of the manager.One of the workers’ representatives, Mark FaraiaWhile the workers were demonstrating, their union the Guyana Agriculture and General Workers Union (GAWU) was invited to meet with management at 13:00h.During the high-level meeting, GuySuCo agreed to give the workers their obstacle payment which they were demanding.On Wednesday, almost 1000 workers walked off the joy, protesting management’s unilateral decision to alter the arrangements in obstacle payments, and their refusal to meet with the workers’ representatives.Initially, the estate’s management was only willing to pay the money if the workers would have completed their allotment of work for the day.The workers, in turn, were arguing that they could not complete what they are being asked because of the conditions under which they have to work.Scores of workers took to the picketline on MondayWhile on the picketline on Monday, one of the worker’s representatives, Mark Faraia explained that all of the workers are aware that the corporation is in a crisis: “If you are talking about reducing cost, I think that the management, the CEO, the Board and the executives should consider a pay cut; that is what big companies do, that is what smart people do. Why not give up some of the benefits that they enjoy, then they would earn themselves the moral authority or permission to come and take anything from us… This manager is incompetent. If the government want to close this estate, don’t let them use the workers as a stepping stone to close the estate.”Workers are expected to recommence harvesting today, however grinding is not expected to recommence till Wednesday.As a consequence of the six-day strike action, 660 punts of cane which had been harvested, loaded and transported to the factory, were discarded because the factory had not been grinding since Wednesday.
By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER The last meeting in a series of public forums on the master plan for Angel’s Gate Park will be held today at the Cultural Center. Organizations and individuals from the community will offer ideas on how the park should be used. Members of the master plan steering committee will then create a draft of the master plan by the end of the year, according to Juli Wolfgram, chair of the committee. “All the info has to be digested and considered in view of the park requirements, the city requirements, the Coastal Commission requirements, state historic requirements and the desires of the community,” Wolfgram said. The committee’s draft of the master plan will be presented at a public meeting in November. First to present at today’s meeting will be Jacob Gutierrez of the Tongva/Pipiimar Dolphin Nation. Gutierrez will propose a a gathering friendship circle, a place of meditation, to be just below the Korean Friendship Bell. John Funmaker, CEO of the Iron Circle Nation, is requesting that his group be able to continue using the park for ceremonies and retreats. He also suggests building a Native American Cultural Art Museum, which would include a gym and classrooms for art, basket weaving, dance and music. Creating a “multidisciplined martial dojo and art exhibit gallery” will be discussed by the Kaizan Foundation, a nonprofit that hosts a martial arts program at the Cultural Center. Barbara Dye of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will recommend a habitat restoration on some of the park’s slopes that have no other uses. Stephanie Rizzi from Hostelling International, which already has facilities at Angel’s Gate, will talk about its programs. Angel’s Gate Cultural Center’s executive director, Nathan Birnbaum, will discuss the center’s plans and its potential for growth. Lastly, Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council members Doug Epperhart and June Burlingame Smith will present neighborhood community input on uses for Angel’s Gate Park. Following the meeting, visitors will be able to take a walking tour of the park and its facilities. email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!