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The Safety and Health and Organising Specialist of the Grenada Technical and Allied Workers’ Union (GTAWU), Cde. Godwin Thomas, who was a guest of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU), conducted a one (1) day seminar during on November 24, 2015 at the Union’s Labour College.

Thirty (30) Branch Chairman and Secretaries coming from among the Union’s members at BEV Processors Inc, Noble House Seafoods, Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), the Sugar Industry Labour Welfare Fund Committee (SILWFC), National Parks Commission, Guyana Forestry Commission, Caricom Rice Mills Limited, Demerara Shipping Company Limited, Berbice Bridge Company Inc, the Mahaica Mahaicony, Abary Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA), the Demerara Habour Bridge Corporation and the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) were the seminar’s participants.

Cde. Godwin Thomas’ stayed with GAWU until November 27, 2015. Union Officials also provided presentations at the Seminar on the following topics:- Communication Skills and Grievances Handling, the Role of the Shop Stewards, Organising and Maintaining Branch Committees, the Structure of the Union, Safety and Health Measures in the workplace and selected aspects of the Termination of Employment, Severance Pay Act and the Prevention of Discrimination Act.

Another educational activity took place on November 25, 2015 and catered for the Union’s Field Officers, among others. Cde. Thomas provided participants with insights on techniques and the methodology used by his Union in organising especially those workers who are not unionised. He emphasised that the Unions’ structure must ensure that there is an active link with its Rank and File members. The Union’s Field Officers took the opportunity to share their experiences and challenges they encounter in their daily work.

GAWU recognises that training is an ongoing process and must be treated as a priority to its Field Officers, Union Activists, Shop Stewards and ordinary members. GAWU was most pleased to host Cde. Godwin Thomas. His visit and assistance to GAWU will certainly contribute to the strengthening of the bonds of fraternity and solidarity between GAWU and TAWU - two (2) progressive Unions in the Caribbean.