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.
John Cannon on his way to claiming a gold Ironman 70.3 medal in his age groupJohn Cannon wins precious medal at Dublin’s Ironman 70.3Letterkenny 24/7 club members had another busy weekend racing all over the country. On Saturday, Midlands Triathlon hosted their Olympic distance course near Mullingar. Hugh Gallagher was the first home for the club in 2.14.55 and showing that his race preparations for the World Championships in Chicago in September are all going to plan. John Conaghan made it three age group wins in three consecutive races and his surely in line for a National Championship title. Clara Quigley also had a good race picking up a second place in her age group.On Sunday it was off to Dublin for seven club members to compete in the first Ironman 70.3 to be held in the capital city. With a 1.9km swim, that many said was longer, and a technical 90Km bike it was great to see that all members made it across the finish line in what is a huge accomplishment. The determination and hours of training certainly paid off. For one member this was only their fourth triathlon, for another it was a race that he thought he may not compete in after an accident put him out of training for months, but for all it was the climax of their season. Martin Donnolly had a great race and was to be first through the finish chute for the club in 5.18.11. A huge congratulations goes to John Cannon who, following his age group gold medal at the National Championships in Athlone, came home with a very prestige’s gold Ironman medal in his age group and therefore a possible place in the World Championships in Australia. Sean McFadden took part in Chain Driven Cycles Ultra TT series’s. This time trial consisted of a 100 mile cycle from Sligo to Longford and back. He completed it in 4.19.44 and it is his final preparation race before he travels to Ironman Copenhagen.Gavin Crawford ran in the Lifford 10Km road race also on Sunday and came in 5th in a time of 35.19.Training continues and details can be found on the clubs Facebook page or www.letterkenny247.com.Caroline Kearney Memorial TriathlonHugh Gallagher 2.14.55John Conaghan 2.15.38Barry MCLaughlin 2.36.50Clara Quigley 2.36.59Stephen Sweeney 2.43.34Cathal Roarty 2.47.23Liam Tinney 2.49.23Ironman 70.3 DublinMartin Donnolly 5.18.11Gavin Harris 5.33.28John Cannon 5.34.37Kilian Nulty 5.48.30Graham Parker 5.54.40Patrick McNulty 6.37.48Sean McAuliffe 6.42.3324/7 Club members at Caroline Kearney Memorial Triathlon on Saturday.ATHLETICS: JOHN CANNON WINS PRECIOUS MEDAL AT DUBLIN’S IRONMAN was last modified: August 10th, 2015 by John2Share 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:John CannonLetterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club