I read a news report in which sugar workers at Skeldon sugar estate, Guyana, picketed the management office and called on GuySuCo to end discriminatory practices in pay compensatory practices for those on the lower rungs. It is shameful that hard working sugar workers in the fields laboring in sweltering heat under the hot sun are not receiving similar fringe benefits as those sheltering in air-conditioned offices and traveling in comfort in cold SUVs – all paid for by the labor productivity and taxes of the laborers. But they can’t get equality.
The working class is the productive sector – they are cultivating, tendering to the cane, cleaning the vine, molding, ‘manuring’ and doing the harvesting, loading the cane in back breaking work. Those in offices are enjoying the benefits of the labor of the workers. Have a conscience, give the workers fair pay for the greater work they performed than office staff!
The agricultural workers should receive greater compensation and fringe benefits than those sitting in an office. Guysuco management should immediately end discriminatory practices and grant benefits similar to those they award themselves.