THE rabble-rousers of the PNC-led APNU+AFC Coalition are again using the sugar workers to stymie development in the sector and the nation.
The ingratitude of the Albion Estate cane harvesters are on display. Today, when they have a government that is open to advocacy, listening to representative bodies, they are once again being misled like sheep and following so-called union leaders with a Coalition agenda to “… undermine this government… in whatever way you can.”
There was a plethora of strike actions prior to elections of 2015 as the workers were misled by false promises into supporting a cabal that has always been anti-sugar industry. They were betrayed when the APNU+AFC got into government and began dismantling the industry, firing over 7,000 of them in the process. The union and its reps were passive during this assault.
The human quotient and consciences of the striking workers are synonymous with that of the Coalition cabal as they are displaying the same mindset and actions of their nemesis, who brought them to their knees. They have no empathy or sympathy for their colleagues who were left on the breadline, with starving children, losing homes and appliances because they could not service debts, while they went to bed with full bellies, comfortably ensconced in their secure homes.
Now they are blackmailing this government, just when the industry is being transformed; a strike last month, one again this month. These misguided few seem to like the PNC Government because they seem intent on joining the Coalition cabal to sabotage the progressive and transformative socio-economic paradigm now giving every Guyanese citizen hope for a future of peace, progress and prosperity.