Protesters refuse to remove blockade prohibiting access to RUSAL operations

first_img– say will not stop until Russian company meet their demandsEven as loggers and other workers employed at RUSAL complained about being affected by the blockage of the Berbice River, the protesters are not giving up that easily.The blocked Berbice RiverIn fact, Ephraim Velloza, Branch President of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GB&GWU), which is representing the dismissed and displaced bauxite workers of Aroaima, told Guyana Times on Thursday that the wire ropes and other items used to block the waterway will only be removed when RUSAL gives in to the Union’s demands.These demands include the reinstatement of the 91 workers who were dismissed and displaced as well as an increase in workers’ salaries. They also want this agreement to be legal and binding.“There is nothing we can do at the present moment, but the persons them can talk to the Government or talk to RUSAL, let them loose their strong hold. So there is nothing that we can do at the present moment, but let them go and talk to the people, like the Minister of Natural Resources, talk to the forestry department and let them put the pressure on RUSAL. So that RUSAL can release their strong hold, because we are in this thing, because RUSAL has been dealing [with] us unfairly,” Velloza stated during a telephone interview.He explained that the situation was not only affecting the workers but the surrounding communities.“The loggers they are purchasing from the communities. Now if we open and let the loggers pass they won’t make any contribution back to the communities, because they already paid their royalty and I feel if somebody is paying a rent or a royalty, they are supposed to be taken care of or looked after. Now they are coming and calling on us and we are in this plight, they are doing the wrong thing, because I think that they should call on the people in authority.”The GB&GWU is scheduled to meet with RUSAL today to commence their first round of talks on this ongoing issue; however, this does not necessarily mean that RUSAL will be offering anything much, Velloza further stated.“We don’t know how it will go and where it will go from there. They could call us, decide to accept us, but when we reach at the round table, they don’t appreciate our support and they could do otherwise. If RUSAL does not adhere to our proposals, then we will continue and probably take it to the next level,” Velloza added.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, October 12

first_img1 Listen again to today’s Paper Review Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Manchester United are ready to give midfielder Michael Carrick, 33, a one-year contract extension as he prepares to return to action following ankle surgery. (The Sun)Manager Louis van Gaal is hoping to ease Manchester United’s defensive problems by signing Aston Villa’s Netherlands centre-half Ron Vlaar, 29, in the January transfer window. (Sunday Express) Juventus star Sebastian Giovinco, 27, is considering a free transfer to Arsenal, Liverpool or Spurs, with the striker’s contract set to expire in the summer. (Sunday Express) Real Madrid are lining up Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, 23, as a long-term successor to 33-year-old Iker Casillas. (Marca) Manchester City’s England goalkeeper Joe Hart, 27, has opened talks about a new four-year contract with the club after being assured he is manager Manuel Pellegrini’s number one. (Daily Mail) Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon, 43, is set to become the new boss of Bolton Wanderers after the departure of Dougie Freedman. (The Sun)Manchester United will have to pay Real Madrid €1bn (£800m) if they want to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, according to his agent Jorge Mendes, who revealed his client’s release clause in an interview. (AS) Paris St-Germain have offered France midfielder Adrien Rabiot a new deal in an effort to stave off interest from the Premier League. The 19-year-old is wanted by Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea. (Sunday Express) And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Taarabt still fighting for his QPR futureReports – Arsenal and Tottenham to battle it out for Fenerbahce hotshotUS World Cup star reveals he could be heading to Tottenham in JanuaryKhan has ripped the heart out of Fulham, slams SchwarzerEverton and Southampton keeping tabs on unsettled Juventus aceReading reject chance to sign former AC Milan defenderArsenal lining up January swoop on Ipswich for young defenderMan United to pounce for Dutch World Cup star?Borini eyes deadly partnership with Balotelli at LiverpoolExclusive – Jol: Tottenham were close to letting Bale leave for bargain £5millionExclusive – I’ve got no grudge with Levy, insists former Spurs boss JolExclusive – Powell backs FA looking into adopting the ‘Rooney Rule’last_img read more