Under criticism for not standing up to its founding principles in the governing coalition or representing its constituencies, the Alliance For Change today expressed deep concern for the welfare of sugar workers.
The sugar corporation in the last few days has laid off thousands of workers.
A statement by the AFC follows:
AFC reiterates deep concern for welfare of sugar workers
The Alliance For Change reiterates its deep concern for the welfare of sugar workers who are likely to be affected by the changes contemplated by the GuySuCo.
The Party insists that as per the requirements in law, severance must be in place.
The Party recommends that in addition to severance, consideration must be given to:
- offer of land leases for alternative economic engagement
- access to small concession loans for said alternative engagement
- access to extension services and markets for agro-processing
The Party recognizes that the State Paper on GuySuCo which was laid in the National Assembly in May outlines certain actions which are necessary and unavoidable if the sugar industry is to be regularized and become sustainable.
The Party is cognizant that GuySuCo has been engaging with the workers and their unions for some time now regarding actions which are necessary and calls on GuySuCo to intensify this initiative to ensure that all workers are adequately briefed, counseled and are presented with all the necessary information regarding the future status of GuySuCo and the sugar sector.
The Party recognizes that the future of GuySuCo is of paramount importance and the government must continue to pursue those options for the sugar industry which is not a burden on the national treasury.
The AFC looks forward to an amicable resolution to this issue, but insists that as the Yuletide season is upon us, workers must not be adversely affected and the offer of severance must be thoroughly detailed and presented to the workers now.