The Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc. (GuySuCo) in collaboration with the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) and the Guyana Labour Union (GLU) has implemented several initiatives in an effort to protect thousands of its employees from the coronavirus (COVID-19).
GuySuCo said that some of the measures it implemented include sanitizing labour transportation, workstations and machinery between shifts, at all locations. Additionally, hand washing and sanitizing of hands by all staff members has emphasized and encouraged. In fact, anti-bacterial soaps and hand sanitizers were made available throughout locations at Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt Estates, GuySuCo’s La Bonne Intention Head Office Complex, the Demerara Sugar Terminal, GuySuCo’s Aircraft Service and the GuySuCo Training Centre/Port Mourant (GTC/PM).
Further to this, GuySuCo’s employee education and awareness programme is being intensified and led by the Medical Services and Safety and Health Departments. Thus far, health education and awareness sessions as well as daily talks on COVID-19 are being held with various categories of employees.
Some of the discussions are on symptoms, treatment, quarantine, and responsibility to self, family members and the wider community, among others.
Additionally, the management of GuySuCo will be implementing a shift/rotation system on Estates and at the Head Office, in order to minimise large gathering of employees at various locations, at any given time. The Guyana Standard understands that the GuySuCo Training Centre/Port Mourant (GTC/PM) was closed on March 18, until further notice, and all students have returned to their homes. Also, GuySuCo said that it has put systems in place to ensure visitors are screen at the entrances of all locations.
This news agency understands that over the coming days and weeks, GuySuCo will be working very closely with the three Unions to provide employees with information, to encourage the importance of individual responsibility to protect themselves, family members and the community in which they work.