171 female sugar workers who were employed in the fields and factories of the now-closed Wales, East Demerara, Rose Hall and Skeldon Estates are to receive food hampers compliments of the Guyana Solidarity Movement – New York (GSM-NY). The women workers, given the nature of work they undertook in the sugar industry, had relatively low earnings, and quite a few were single parents themselves making their situation doubly harsh.
Previously, the GSM-NY had provided support which saw cane cutters of Wales, receiving hampers in late December, 2017. Those workers have not received their severance benefits as yet.
The first distribution exercise was conducted for the workers of East Demerara Estate at the Enmore Community Centre, where 83 ex-workers were slated to receive hampers. The recipients were very appreciative and expressed gratitude about the kind gesture. The hampers which comprised basic food items such as rice, flour, sugar, milk, salt, etc, the workers related will go some way to easing the burdens.
Some of the ex-sugar workers shared that though they have managed to secure jobs, their rates-of-pay and conditions of work are far inferior from what they enjoyed in the sugar industry. Some others related that given their age they have great difficulties in obtaining employment. They lamented that they gave their best years to the sugar industry and GuySuCo.
In the coming days, similar activities will be held at Wales, Rose Hall and Skeldon Estate.