GuySuCo Supernumerary Constables grumble over non-payment of incentives
The Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco) continues to be troubled by many problems.
Amidst the latest upheaval caused by the recent strike called by National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE), another group of workers have come out against what they see as gross disrespect by the sugar corporation.
The NAACIE workers are up in arms over glitches with respect to their wages and salaries which resulted from a recent job evaluation and salary survey conducted in the Corporation.
Over 200 Supernumerary Constables (SC) are not pleased that they have been left out of the job evaluation scheme altogether.
They are stating that they are the only GuySuCo employees who were not given any job evaluation package.
In a letter sent to Kaieteur News it was disclosed that most of the SC ranks working at the Sugar Corporation have more than 15 years service and some as much as 40 years service. They stated that GuySuCo now employs watchmen who are given better treatment than the Supernumerary Constables.
The watchmen work for an hourly rate of $261.26 while security officers earn less.
The constables informed that it is customary that they too receive whatever benefits were given to workers in the Corporation, but of recent that has changed.
“Whatever benefit GAWU got we use to benefit. We use to get letters from the Corporation that we will get an increase based on agreement between GAWU and the Corporation.”
The workers stated that they have raised their concerns at every possible level in the Corporation, but have received no positive response.
They are throwing the blame squarely on the Corporation’s Head of Security, who they said is not representing their cause.
The workers are now being told that they are not unionized and are not entitled to an increase.
The Constables stated that they play an important part in the company and at times put their lives at risk to protect the bosses and assets of the entity countrywide, and now they are being treated with total disrespect.
They stated that like all other GuySuCo workers, they have children, bills and other expenses to take care of, and they should get whatever benefits are available.
They are placing Guysuco on notice that if they are not treated with respect, “things will not be right.” “When an employee gets job satisfaction, he performs better on the job, but when there is no job satisfaction, temptations are strong.”
The letter went on to state that the safety of all of Guysuco’s assets is the responsibility of the Constables and if Constables cannot get a decent increase in wages and salaries then “other things can get to people’s minds and lead to another level of thinking.”