Jun 30, 2013 News Comments Off on GuySuCo honours champion workers
“…let us use this moment of celebration to reflect those things that we did wrong and those things that we know we could have done better”- Raj Singh
By Leon Suseran
The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) in the midst of its turbulent times, honoured its biggest and brightest stars yesterday at the company’s Honours’ Roll Function at the Blairmont Community Centre Ground, West Coast Berbice.
Several workers from the eight sugar estates in Guyana and the Demerara Sugar Terminal were honoured for their hard work, dedication and mastery of skills at their various work places.
But amidst the big celebration were the overtones and undertones of which painted the bleak picture in which the sugar industry in Guyana currently stands.
Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, as well as the Deputy-Chief Executive Officer of GuySuCo, Mr. Rajendra Singh, sounded optimistic about a turn-around of the industry and urged both workers and management to give of their best.
The performance of the corporation last year was not a desired one, Singh stated. “But let us use this moment of celebration to reflect those things that we did wrong and those things that we know we could have done better—the changing times; the changing weather; and the changing technology.”
He added that the industry is blessed with the abundance of “people with years of experience and youngsters, and we need to mesh those two so that we could move forward and effectively correct the situation to cause us to decline in production.”
Singh added, too, that all stakeholders must work together “with the same objective and we take this industry to recovery that we can sustain and we can be proud of.”
He seemed very positive that the industry can return to “its days of glory but it all depends on every one of us as a worker has a role to play…and we must not keep pointing fingers at each other but support each other so we can take this industry further so all of us can become champions.”
Minister Ramsammy stated that the workers are being honoured this year in “even more difficult times.”
“I also come at a time when there are many among us, in our country, who seem to be happy in our difficulties and those difficulties seem to provide to them with an opportunity to think that we are at our death bed!”
Dr. Ramsammy added that he has a strong message to those persons in Guyana “that might wish us ill—that the glory days of GuySuCo are not at an end and from the difficulties that we face at present, we will arise again to even more glorious days than we have ever had in the history of the sugar industry in Guyana and those might be optimistic words for a time when difficulties seem to be insurmountable…but the present difficulties—dire as they are—are not as difficult as previous times in our history.”
The Workers’ Council of the company decided on the Champion Workers and the first and second runners- up. The Champions received a gold brooch, a certificate, $50,000 as well as an excursion for him or her and their spouse; while the first runners- up received $30,000, and a certificate; and second runners- up received a certificate plus $20,000.
Wales Sugar Estate took home the prize for the Housekeeping and Safety Competition.
Category Name of Awardee Estate
Champion Worker Mahendra Sookdeo Albion
1ST Runner- up Sewdatt Hardatt
2ND Runner- up Parsaram Lallbehari
Champion Worker Avril Patricia Spencer Blairmont
1ST Runner- up Jughragh Sitaram
2ND Runner- up Khalillulah Shairulla
Champion Worker Keith Austin Demerara Sugar Terminal
1ST Runner- up Terrence Frank
2ND Runner- up Elvis Lamott
Champion Worker Bridgemohan Singh Enmore
1ST Runner- up Roy Singh
2ND Runner- up Abdool Shameer
Champion Worker Lyndon Anthony Hall LBI
1ST Runner-up Joseph Marcellus Cunje
Champion Worker Daynarine Premchand Rose Hall
1ST Runner- up Kawall Soomaroo
2ND Runner- up Ricardo Mathura
Champion Worker Kirt Anthony Saul Skeldon
1ST Runner- up Kumar Nandram
2ND Runner- up Keshwar Persaud Ramtahal
Champion Worker Manie Madho Uitvlugt
1ST Runner- up Donna Fernandes
2ND Runner- up Leon Seelall
Champion Worker Seon Vas Smith Wales
1ST Runner- up Wesley Charles
2ND Runner- up Jitendra Ramnarine
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