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Strike forces closure of Guyana sugar estate

Strike forces closure of Guyana sugar estate

Nearly 1,000 sugarcane cutters are striking in Guyana in a dispute over pay, forcing the state-run sugar industry to temporarily close one of its sprawling estates.
The strike is forcing the closure of one of eight estates owned by Guyana Sugar Corp. The company produces all sugar in the South American nation.
Striking workers are demanding extra pay to clear vines and weeds from fields. Guayana Sugar says this work has long been part of their regular duties.
Authorities are investigating the destruction of 500 metric tons of cane amid the dispute. Management blames striking workers for the apparent arson. Cutters' union chief Komal Chand on Wednesday denied any members were involved.


Updated : 2021-06-15 01:46 GMT+08:00