PRESS RELEASE - Wednesday 15 June 2011


On Thursday 16th June 2011, Guyanese will once again observe the anniversary of the martyrdom of five (5) heroic sugar workers who sacrificed their lives in order that Guyanese workers, in general, and sugar workers in particular, could enjoy better conditions of work from their employers. On this occasion the People’s National Congress Reform joins the rest of the nation in remembering Lallabajee, Pooran, Harry (Jug), Surujbally and Rambarran.

The struggle of the sugar workers and the commemoration of the Enmore Martyrs has become a national symbol around which all Guyanese workers could rally and be inspired, but regrettably sixty three (63) years after their death and thirty four (34) years after the People’s National Congress Government erected a monument to their memory at Enmore on the East Coast of Demerara, sugar workers are still being used as convenient political allies by the PPP.

On this 63rd anniversary, however, the workers of this important industry are showing signs of resistance and asserting their independence from the clutches of the increasingly arrogant and insensitive PPP/C Government. Meanwhile, the rights of all workers continue to remain under threat and the political environment hostile to the full development of all workers and their unions.

The struggle for a living wage by public sector workers; the overt and covert efforts to destroy the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC); the removal of state support for worker’s education; the abolition of collective bargaining; and the shameless neglect of workers in the bauxite industry by the Minister of Labour are, but, a few examples of the arrogance and insensitivity of the PPP/C regime.

On this 63rd anniversary of the Enmore Martyrs, the PNCR rededicates itself to the continued struggle for workers rights and better working conditions in Guyana.

People’s National Congress Reform

Congress Place, Sophia,

Georgetown, Guyana

Wednesday 15th June 2011