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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 00:00

Parties agree to arbitration tribunal in Skeldon industrial dispute

Parties agree to arbitration tribunal in Skeldon industrial dispute

The Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc. and the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers' Union today agreed to proceed to arbitration over the disciplinary action taken against an employee of the Skeldon Sugar Estate.

The parties today signed a Memorandum of Agreement containing the Terms of Reference for the Tribunal. The Sole Arbitrator was identified as Mr. Mohamed Akeel, who is a former Chief Labour Officer, while the Secretary to the Tribunal will be Mr. Dexter Semple, a Labour Occupational Safety and Health Officer.

The decision was reached today at a conciliatory meeting involving the parties under the chairmanship of the Honourable Minister of Labour, Dr. Nanda K. Gopaul. Also present at the meeting were the Chief Labour Officer and other staff of the Labour Ministry.

The industrial dispute arose after disciplinary action was taken by GUYSUCO against an employee attached to the Skeldon Estate, Mr. Daniel Stephen, who was accused of hitting a Manager.
It was agreed that the said matter be referred to an arbitration tribunal, which will enquire into the disciplinary action taken against Mr. Daniel Stephen and having regard to the evidence and submission by the parties to make an award as the arbitrator deems fit. The parties agreed that the award of the tribunal shall be final and binding.
The Tribunal will meet on October 24, 2014.

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