Armed bandits on Wednesday evening tied up and robbed a delivery truck driver/salesman and two porters of Banks DIH Limited at the Beterverwagting Public Road, East Coast Demerara.
The robbery occurred sometime around 19:00h during which three males, one of them armed with a handgun, escaped with an undisclosed sum of cash.
According to reports, the driver/salesman, Trevor Thom of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, and the two porters were in the company’s truck proceeding west on the East Coast Public Road when they were allegedly intercepted by a dark-coloured car.
The DIH employees told investigators that the car suddenly stopped in front of their truck, causing them to halt immediately. Three men quickly exited the car and approached the truck. They proceeded to hold up employees at gunpoint and relieved them of the cash which was in the truck from the day’s business.
According to the employees, the bandits then placed pieces of cloth over their face, causing them to lose consciousness. The employees further stated that at about 20:30h, they regained consciousness and found themselves in the back of the truck, bound with duct tape.
They were subsequently freed by a passer-by who heard them banging the walls of the truck. After being freed, the men found that they were at Enmore Railway Embankment.
No one has been arrested for the robbery but investigations are continuing.
After an announcement that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) will not be considering wage increases for workers until 2020, the workers united in a one-day strike to express their disapproval on Thursday.
At the Albion Estate, the workers demonstrated their disagreement with the position GuySuCo has taken by staging a protest. Close to 70 workers held placards bearing anti-GuySuCo slogans and chanted, “No money, no wuk”, along the Corentyne Highway.
According to Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) General Council Member Fizal Inderdat, the claims being made by GuySuCo are “unrealistic”.
“Based on figures that GuySuCo put forward to the Union, you find that they inflating them. When they say that they owe so much debt is not so much they owe. They say that they owe $89 billion, but is not $89 billion in solid cash they owe; when you check the liability of GuySuCo, with all the buildings that they have, it is $32 billion they owe…and the executive in GuySuCo, $339 million they drawing a year, and that is only for about 12 of them, so that is about $48 million a year one person getting, [but] still GuySuCo saying that they don’t have money,” he said.
For the first half of this year, Guyana experienced 3.2 per cent inflation. In 2015, GuySuCo paid $21.6 billion in wages. This year, it will pay some $19 billion as wages to its workers at seven estates – Skeldon, Albion, Rosehall, Uitvlugt, Enmore and Wales.
“That $2.5 billion could have come in and give the workers something. In order to give each worker one per cent increase, it will cost GuySuCo $181 million. We put in a proposal for eight per cent, but we are willing to negotiate with them,” the General Council Member noted.
Meanwhile, workers’ representative Stephen Inderdat opined that the workers are suffering and deserve a wage increase.
He said, “Look at the public servants, those people have received their benefits.