Chief Executive Officer of Guyana Power and Light, Bharat Dindyal, confirmed yesterday, that the Human Resources Manager of five years, Donna Tucker, and its attorney, Neil Bollers, were no longer employed by the company.
When asked if the termination of services was related to the company having to reinstate the nine employees that were fired and ordered reinstated, Dindyal said that no senior person in the company would be sacked for any one issue.
He declined to delve into the specifics that caused the parting of ways, but noted that it was not a decision of the management. Rather, it was that of the Board of Directors.
General Secretary Kenneth Joseph, of the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE), said that he had not had a chance to speak with the employees as yet, thus he was unable to comment on the issue at this time.
This newspaper was, however, reliably informed that the contracts for the two were not renewed because they failed to prevent the reinstatement of the nine employees.
On June 22, 2008 this newspaper reported that the nine employees of GPL, who were dismissed for alleged wrongdoing, had been ordered reinstated by an arbitrator.
Some of the staffers were sent home as far back as 2005.
Gladstone Cadogan, Deonarine Ramroop, Otis Jamieson, Quacy La Rose, Rawle Benjamin, Brian Seecharran, Renville Mc Bean, Quinsie Huntley and Leon Andrews were all dismissed by GPL. The matter was reported to NAACIE, who took it to arbitration.
Both parties agreed to the lone arbitrator, Francis Carryl, to present the award based on the findings.
“The reinstatement of the employees means that they are to return to work and be paid as if they had never left. They are to be paid all wages, and shall be entitled to leave, or payment in lieu of leave, and leave passage when applicable,” NAACIE said.
However, all emoluments calculated shall not attract any interest and are to be reduced by one-third, representing a sum assessed to have been earned elsewhere during the period of wrongful dismissal.
GPL was represented by the now sacked Human Resources Director and legal counsel, while the workers were represented by attorney-at-law Nikil Ramkarran and NAACIE’s Kenneth Joseph.
Cadogan, of the New Amsterdam Transmission and Distribution Station, was dismissed in September 2005 for malpractice with fraudulent intent; Ramroop, of Versailles Power Station, was sent home in October 2005 for stealing the company’s property; Jamieson, La Rose, Benjamin, Seecharran, McBean, Huntley and Leon Andrews, all of the Lamaha Street Workshop, were dismissed in March 2006 for malpractice with fraudulent intent.
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