Lincoln Lewis

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Lincoln Lewis said : “Unfortunately, bowing to international pressure the President agreed to a recount that has proven to be a huge, but quite a revealing disaster,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, July 29, 2020 2:43:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis explained ( about Bharrat Jagdeo ) : “Others have pointed fingers of accusation at Leader of the PPP/C Bharrat Jagdeo, identified as the mastermind behind the massive irregularities- much of which is a soft word for rigging-unearthed during the recount in PPP/C areas, particularly the lower East Coast of Demerara,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, July 29, 2020 2:43:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said ( about Claudette Singh ) : “Today I call on the Chair, Justice Claudette Singh to draw the strength and fearlessness of all her ancestors who fought to free Guyana from the yolk of colonial domination to attain an independent Guyana. Let moral conscience compliment your jurisprudence, to be true to your record as a SITTING judge and denounce electoral fraud, regardless of its source and magnitude,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, July 29, 2020 2:43:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “We must not be misled by loud voices, by titles, by media, by threats, nor by those who seek to make us impotent in our responses by shaming us with lies and misrepresentation of who we are based on our looks, political and other associations. We are seeing efforts at this right now in our society. We do not want it! We cannot develop, nor live in peace as a nation under such conditions, and we open the doors for our country to be taken advantage of by predatory forces of all sorts, who seek to exploit our wealth and divide,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Sunday, May 3, 2020 8:16:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “We come today primarily to remind everyone that as a labour movement, we have permanent interest and that interest includes protecting and advancing the gains of our predecessors, our forebearers in fact, who have fought and have made this country acquire Independence and Republican status. While we are observing and calling on every worker, every Guyanese, to observe the measures in the fight against this pandemic, we feel compelled that today we will have to come out here and lay at least one wreath at the foot of the statue of Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow, Father of Trade Unionism in the British Empire. It is he who had made it possible for us to start electing persons who will enter the National Assembly to advance our interest and protect our rights,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, April 27, 2020 8:35:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “What is instructive about the PPP is that that government took time in making sure the final and legal transfer of these properties were never brought to finality. The reason behind this behaviour, is that if for any reason whenever one wants to approach the bank or third party to be involved in any business it will require permission from the government to do so. As such, if the person to whom the property is given should take a position that conflicts with the government, the owner will never be able to get the support or comfort to do any business with a bank or third party,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 3, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “I believe that the Authority are clear in their mind as to what the workers are about. More so, they are conscious that this is a matter of national character that borders on the raping of our national sovereignty,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “Are we going to have this when all bauxite workers are doing is standing up for their rights. Are the people of Guyana going to allow this? We have to ask ourselves what is going on,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:53:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “I understand the importance of upholding the Rule of Law,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:53:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “No one wants to hold RUSAL accountable for its actions from since they came here,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:53:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “They are going there asking RUSAL to reemploy these people when RUSAL carry away all the mining equipment,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:53:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “We will agree, as a union, to facilitate, the process in having the river unblocked but a number of things have to be satisfied. Negotiations is not you get everything and walk away. You have to address these things. When they’ve finished discussing [salaries and wages] there will have to be retroactivity. As such, the people who were sent home, on termination, their terminal benefit will have to be adjusted right away, nobody wants to talk about that,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, February 7, 2020 8:17:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “This opportunity is taken to remind Permyakov it is often through extreme vigilance change comes. Changes in the world don’t always come from talking to people across the table alone, but change comes in many instances when force was matched equally with force. Workers tried all measure of peaceful conflict resolution and they are being blocked from this by RUSAL,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, February 3, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “GBGWU calls for arbitration. Now! GBGWU calls for declaration of an impasse to be followed immediately by arbitration. The Union calls also on the Guyanese community, our trade union comrades and the media to rally around bauxite workers in exposing and fighting the injustices meted out to them,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, February 3, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis stated : “He thinks the company cannot negotiate ‘with a gun to your head’, the reality is there are times in the world when nothing has been resolved unless people stand on firm ground to make changes. Guyana too has a proud history and legacy of struggles and none will take from us what we took hundreds of years to achieve, i.e. human rights and a nation state” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, February 3, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “RUSAL has successfully, over the years by some measure, rendered the Department of Labour ineffective in dealing with them,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, February 3, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “GB&GWU is forced to recognise the actions of the frustrated persons to block the river as an act of desperation to bring about social justice when all legal and procedural avenues have been stymied by inaction, foot-dragging and misrepresentation of advice on best practices,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, February 3, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “While RUSAL is not prepared to honour the Laws of Guyana, they are prepared to turn the Government of Guyana against the workers of Guyana,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, February 3, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “Workers are prepared to return to work under these conditions which were communicated to the company,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, February 3, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis told : “evidently we are facing the fight for our life to preserve who we are as a sovereign nation and people. The Government of Guyana, from the inception of this impasse-10 years ago- has always had the support of the people to do what is right, what the people are asking- Does our government support us in taking a stand against the relentless attack on our sovereignty and birthright? Time and events will tell,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, January 31, 2020 7:52:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis argued : “Evidently, the company has thrown down the gauntlet to the Government and People of Guyana as to who they think is in charge or want Guyanese to feel is in charge- i.e. the Russian management and by extension Russia! This is naked bullyism or pushing the button further to secure an outcome not in Guyanese best interest. Whereas Guyanese own 10 percent of the shares in BCGI, lest it be forgotten, both local and foreign-owned company, once they do business in Guyana, are subject to the Laws of Guyana. This is what the workers of BCGI and the communities in the immediate environs, where the company operates, have been demanding. Respect! Guyanese, through determination and sustained efforts, have been seeking to have RUSAL desist from operating as though Aroaima is a state within Guyana,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, January 31, 2020 7:52:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis asserted : “Management should not be fooled in thinking that it can declare war on our laws, our sovereignty, our citizens, and we can’t fight back,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, January 31, 2020 7:52:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis contended ( about General Secretary ) : “This is a blatant attempt by Russia in seeking to position itself in this hemisphere in its quest for global dominance and Guyana must not become its satellite state. The timing of this unprovoked conflict is also suspect- it is not accident but strategic in light of the nation facing General and Regional Elections in few weeks which can create social upheavals and or influence the results,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, January 31, 2020 7:52:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis declared : “RUSAL another major company who can also make their payments, have not been doing so and what is heart troubling is that while Bosai has a government representative on their board, RUSAL doesn’t have, and it is time that Government recognises that this has to be immediately addressed,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Thursday, January 30, 2020 7:50:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “The company has received over the years a number of tax concessions and it is unfair and unjust for them today to say to this nation that their performance is uneconomical, when in fact the senior managers in this company receive in excess of US$30,000 per month. It is in the balance sheet. Even their auditor said that they cannot verify the numbers that are in the book, in a number of areas,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, November 25, 2019 8:27:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “As we speak about local content the union is convinced that for Troy Resources local content means the creating of jobs that are below the standards established by the ILO [International Labour Organistation]. Conditions that are unsafe and more so paying wages that are not commensurate to an operation of its nature,” “Today we are hearing that they are considering to do underground mining. And we hope that the EPA, the GGMC and the OHSD will hold these people accountable; because if they can’t be trusted in performing a proficient job in managing an open-cast mine, God help the workers who they are prepared to send underground” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, November 25, 2019 8:27:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “Troy Resources was written to around May [2018] by the PUGWU asking for negotiations [on wages and salaries]. They took a long time and when a reminder was sent to them in August, they said that the proposal was with the CEO and he is the persons who wants to deal with it himself. But in fact we cannot remember meeting this man, for the last two years we haven’t met this man,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, November 25, 2019 8:27:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “They immediately sent out a circular to the workers stating that they are not in a position to pay increased wages and salaries; this was done before any engagement with the union. The union at that time, recognising that the company has taken a position of reluctance to discuss wages and salaries, wrote tthe DoL requesting conciliation and a meeting was convened early August. Minister Scott advised them that what they were doing was in bad faith and requested that the circular be withdrawn… they gave the commitment themselves to withdraw the circular. But instead of withdrawing the circular, they presented what we consider another nasty circular accusing the union and other personnel of behaving in bad faith,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, November 25, 2019 8:27:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said ( about Amna Ally ) : “On every occasion that they said that managers are not on site the union’s representatives took out their photographs. On the 1 or 4 November we wrote them. The company wrote back stating that no senior manager is in the country. But the following day in afternoon hours the senior managers met with Amna Ally in their office,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, November 25, 2019 8:27:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “Certainly, bauxite mining operations are still going on and the RUSAL managers still appear very much engaged in wages discussions even though they remain bent on getting their own way,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, November 22, 2019 9:39:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis stated : “The two-term limit broadens the spectrum for more Guyanese participating at this level of decision-making and said office. It is hoped members of the respective political parties and people of Guyana will see this as a positive sign for our fledgling democracy, and be encouraged to further activities to deepen and strengthen our various rules and laws to give more meaning to our Constitution” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, November 18, 2019 8:21:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis explained : “We are saying we want parity in the pay and that is a sticking point,” “Rusal has to pay. The workers said that they are prepared to go the distance” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Sunday, October 27, 2019 8:19:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis explained : “We are saying we want parity in the pay and that is a sticking point,” “Rusal has to pay. The workers said that they are prepared to go the distance” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:22:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “These foreign companies come in here and consider Guyana to be a low wage destination,” “And they feel they can do anything because you have agencies such as the labour department that don’t have the resources to go out there to monitor them” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Sunday, October 20, 2019 8:21:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis noted : “I would not say whether right or wrong, it is for the ministers to say if they are operating in the confines of the law. Whatever we do, we cannot just do what we feel, we have to been guided. Whatever Troy does must be guided by the laws and institution,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, October 18, 2019 12:20:00 PM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “so explicitly opted to include what in effect is an anti-union sentiment in its employment contract,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, September 20, 2019 9:57:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis told : “We talk about the oil and gas sector opening up opportunities for Guyanese of all walks of life, but what we have seen so far is an aggressive push by the private sector in the area of Local Content while little or nothing is being said or done for that matter about creating opportunities that would realize the dreams of ordinary Guyanese whose only ambition is to secure jobs that pay fair wages and salaries to help them lift themselves life themselves out of poverty. There is something fundamentally wrong with that formula,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis informed : “We are far from having an agreement, very far from having an agreement. I am not guided by atmosphere, I am guided by results. We are far from moving towards having an agreement on this issue of wages and salaries,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, August 27, 2019 10:06:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis noted : “The time between one meeting and the other is not encouraging. The culture here is you meet every week, sometimes every day, if you have to, to hammer out a situation; their situation you have to wait two months before you can meet and you have to raise other concerns before you meet. We are far from an agreement and you are not requesting that we meet as we ought to?” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, August 27, 2019 10:06:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis explained : “We are asking very clear for parity in the bauxite industry. In pay in the bauxite industry in Linden and the bauxite industry in Berbice, there is a disparity, you must pay the same thing. The characteristics may be different. In Linden, if you want chemical grade bauxite, there is a mine that you have to go to, if you need metrological grade bauxite, you may have to go to a separate mine, but in Berbice, all the bauxite is in one mine. The bauxite in Linden is deeper. So your operation cost is less in Berbice because the mines are shallow, so all that we’re saying is pay the same thing,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, August 27, 2019 10:06:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis told : “We expect that this discussion will be swift and we either come to an agreement or we move next to arbitration,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, August 24, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “We have received from BCGI a proposal that we consider unacceptable, we did not expect better from them and it is for that reason that we advised that we will be proceeding to conciliation,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, August 24, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis told : “the behaviour of foreign companies already working in Guyana ought to serve as a signal that we cannot assume that some of those who are still to come will not seek to go down the same road. Our laws, our institutions and our enforcement capabilities must be ready to deal with that,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, August 23, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis affirmed : “This union is prepared to go the distance, even if it requires going to the end of the earth. We shall pursue justice on behalf of our members and the workers employed by BCGI,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “We have received from BCGI a proposal that we consider unacceptable, we did not expect better from them and it is for that reason that we advised that we will be proceeding to conciliation. We have today dispatched a letter to the Labour Department requesting conciliatory procedures. We expect that within the week we shall have a response from the Chief Labour Officer [Charles Ogle] advising to a date for the conciliation. Understand that any failure at conciliation shall proceed to arbitration,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “The major element is the President taking the opportunity to come to talk about the issue; put his side in a very cogent way,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, July 26, 2019 8:02:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “As they talk about the windfall they will be getting from oil, it may be the right place for them to put some money in the NIS so when people lose their jobs, they can get unemployment benefits,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis told : “We call for the establishment of free dialysis service delivered from a central point where all can access,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Friday, May 3, 2019 7:44:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said ( about Commission ) : “If [the Guyana Elections Commission] can’t work and the commissioners breaking up meeting and walking out, then all you will have to say is ‘don’t pay those people’. I want to tell you this is serious business. You can’t get one standard for the political operatives and then another standard for the man down here,” External link

stabroeknews Thursday, May 2, 2019 10:16:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “Let us…demand that they earn their pay by serving us justly in and out of government. These leaders who are paid by the people owe it to the people to conduct the business of the electorate. Those who do not go to the National Assembly must not be paid because the people who they represent when they strike are not paid,” External link

stabroeknews Thursday, May 2, 2019 10:16:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis noted ( about Amna Ally ) : “The BCGI struggle demonstrates that the trade union movement is not only alive but still relevant. This opportunity is taken to recognise the contribution of the Minister of Social Protection Amna Ally to the recently-concluded struggle between the GBGWU and RUSAL/BCGI. She has done what none before her, with similar power, has done, that is stand up to a global giant to protect the sovereignty of this nation and the workers of Guyana,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, May 2, 2019 8:45:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “As a people, we must acknowledge that being a Member of Parliament (MP) in any capacity, in any country, is a distinguished achievement whether or not the performance is similarly distinguished. Abdul Kadir is one such distinguished Guyanese among several who have served this country in the National Assembly,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, April 29, 2019 10:59:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “I am sure the family, friends, people who loved him and the people of Guyana, in spite of his outstanding service and contributions to our country, were affected when he was accused and convicted of terrorism. Without a doubt, it brought shock, disbelief, shame, condemnation, dismay, anger and other emotions to his loved ones and countrymen,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, April 29, 2019 10:59:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : "Having your number, address, personal details illegally obtained and photos doctored was scary," External link

abc-au Tuesday, April 9, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : "Social media can be great but also a scary place as there are sick twisted people out there," External link

abc-au Tuesday, April 9, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “We want to see reinstatement rather than re-employment. A lot of people are caught with the issue of ‘reemploy’. ‘Re-employ’ means new contracts; ‘reinstatement’ means we’ll continue with the old contract; your seniorities and your salaries will remain,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, March 20, 2019 8:32:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis explained : “The company needs to come back to us on that question. They’ve proposed that the check-off for union dues commence immediately after returning to normalcy. After that we’ll have the removal of the barricades” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, March 20, 2019 8:32:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “All indications give us the signal that they [RUSAL] are prepared to sit and work [with us],” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, March 20, 2019 8:32:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “We have decided that we need to meet bilaterally starting on Friday,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, March 13, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “The union shall submit to the company, a list which will form part of the discussion,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, March 13, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis explained ( about Amna Ally ) : “He said he’s working closely [with] Minister [of Social Protection] Amna Ally and the matter with RUSAL [BCGI’s parent company] will be discussed amongst the ministers at the plenary tomorrow [today],” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “We heard that they want to set up a technical committee, but we would prefer that the matter go to arbitration,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, March 6, 2019 7:54:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “We heard that they want to set up a technical committee but we would prefer that the matter go to arbitration,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, March 5, 2019 9:03:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis asserted : “What we have not been doing is monitoring…dealing with Rusal as a company like every other company and every other business,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Friday, February 22, 2019 7:32:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis asserted : “This is customary with the Russians. In 2009, they put the condition that they will be ready to meet with the union, providing that [union representatives Leslie] Gonsalves and Carlton Sinclair are not members of the delegation. It’s a tactic to stall the process, that’s how they behave. There is no way that we as a union can decide who will be the company’s representatives. Not even the labour department or the ministry can decide who will represent the union” “We’ve had a new branch, new leaders that have written them [BCGI] to have meetings and they decide that they will talk with one person. They would call one person and say: ‘Don’t worry with this union thing, we will talk to you, you will represent the workers’, or say ‘we can deal with you but we can’t deal with the rest of them’” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Lincoln Lewis explained : “The one per cent is the straw that broke the camel’s back. Over the years, they’ve been dismissing people, suspending people, cut out benefits, for instance, holiday with pay; they’ve cut out that, the question of vacation benefits they cut that. You cannot cut somebody’s employment conditions arbitrarily, it has to be agreed on. This has been existing since between 2009 to now, and we have been writing this company, copying to the labour department about meeting to discuss these matters and they’re deciding that they will not, so the strike is the recourse” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Lincoln Lewis asserted : “This is customary with the Russians. In 2009 they put the condition that they will be ready to meet with the Union, providing that [Union representatives Leslie] Gonsalves and Carlton Sinclair are not members of the delegation. It’s a tactic to stall the process that’s how they behave. There is no way that we as a Union can decide who will be the company’s representatives. Not even the labor department or the Ministry can decide who will represent the Union,” “We’ve had a new branch, new leaders that have written them [BCGI] to have meetings and they decide that they will talk with one person. They would call one person and say: ‘don’t worry with this Union thing we will talk to you, you will represent the workers’, or say ‘we can deal with you but we can’t deal with the rest of them,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:41:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis explained : “The one percent is the straw that broke the camel’s back. Over the years they’ve been dismissing people, suspending people, cut out benefits, for instance holiday with pay they’ve cut out that, the question of vacation benefits they cut that. You cannot cut somebody’s employment conditions arbitrarily it has to be agreed on. This has been existing since between 2009 to now, and we have been writing this company, copying to the labor department, about meeting to discuss these matters and they’re deciding that they will not so the strike is the recourse,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:41:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis stated : “GTUC maintains its concern on Rights and the Rule of Law, and the application of justice for all. The election issue before us today is not about the President or leader of the opposition. It is not about the respective political party’s interest. It is about we the people, the working-class people, who deserve justice in every aspect of Guyana’s governance, for this in effect impacts on our collective well-being and our way forward as a united and productive nation,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, February 13, 2019 7:53:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “It is also unfortunate that that particular (UN) statement became the panacea or only value in a series of statements that, should attention be paid to, the overall thrust focuses on inclusion, people’s empowerment and the importance of the vote and education of the masses,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:05:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “The concern is in this moment of political hype, better judgement must prevail, so that we do not ignore efforts by the EU and UN, asking and expecting of us a higher degree of political maturity. Politicians and society will do disservice to the call by these two organisations for an inclusive society [and] respect for the constitution if they ignore or misuse these statements, if they fail to see our ‘diversity and experience are assets,’ the call for transparency; every one’s voices and votes being counted which can be interpreted as ensuring a credible Voters List and a credible process. This is only possible if collectively we put Guyana first and heed the goodwill expressed for Guyana’s success and sustainable development,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:05:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “The workers were heartened that RUSAL has already signaled by way of a proposed memorandum that they would pay the overtime,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, January 11, 2017 7:57:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis told : “The meeting was cordial. I cannot go any further. There was a discussion and there is an understanding on both sides that there are problems to be addressed and that addressing those problems is a process,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, December 16, 2016 9:23:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis declared : “While the GTUC still awaits a date with the APNU+AFC government for engagement across the table as a stakeholder in society with specific constitutional responsibilities, the opposition is having engagement with the trade union and civil society. What this is saying to society, and it must not be ignored, is that the opposition’s conduct, in this specific case, is giving meaning to Article 13 in the Guyana Constitution,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, December 4, 2016 9:30:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis told : “Either they respect the law or an alternative has to be done,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:16:00 PM EAT

Lincoln Lewis stated : “These matters have direct impact on the survival and well-being of our right to exist as a stakeholder in this society, and be part of the decision-making processes that affect the well-being of our membership,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, September 23, 2016 8:45:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis declared : “On every occasion that the ministry has met with the BCGI on RUSAL, the issue of engaging with the trade union has not been discussed. What they are doing [is that] they are walking around that issue; they have never said, and they do not say, that the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers’ Union (GB&GWU) is the recognised trade union for the workers; they [are] always talking in abstract about respecting [the] workers’ right to join a union,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, September 23, 2016 8:45:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis charged ( about Labour Organization ) : “So it comes over as if the Government or the Ministry of Labour is an accomplice of the act of seeking to keep the union from representing the workers,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, September 23, 2016 8:45:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis stated : “These matters have direct impact on the survival and well-being of our right to exist as a stakeholder in this society, and be part of the decision-making processes that affect the well-being of our membership,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, September 20, 2016 7:25:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis declared ( about General Secretary ) : “On every occasion that the Ministry has met with the BCGI on RUSAL, the issue of engaging with the trade union has not been discussed. What they are doing (is that) they are walking around that issue; they have never said, and they do not say, that the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers’ Union (GB&GWU) is the recognised trade union for the workers; they (are) always talking in abstract about respecting (the) workers’ right to join a union,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, September 20, 2016 7:25:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis charged ( about Labour Organization ) : “So it comes over as if the Government or the Ministry of Labour is an accomplice of the act of seeking to keep the union from representing the workers,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, September 20, 2016 7:25:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis noted : “This is a step in the right direction given that Guyana is a nation of laws and the respect, in this instance, to comply with the Constitution in dealing with this matter augurs well for all. The process must therefore be allowed to proceed unhindered by anyone” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, September 19, 2016 7:01:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis noted : “Appointment of the tribunal is satisfying the constitutional requirement to deal with the Duncan matter, and the conclusion of the inquiry is what the President is expected to act upon,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, September 19, 2016 7:01:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said ( about Bharrat Jagdeo ) : “I find Jagdeo’s (unwillingness) to respect the Constitution characteristic of his nature. During his presidency, acceptable universal principles, laws, rules, conventions and charters meant nothing to him if they could not serve his self-interest. The country was managed without regard for (universally) acceptable practices, people’s rights were transgressed, and witch-hunting (was) the order of the day” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, September 19, 2016 7:01:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
secretary60.00%EN01/10/201710/01/2017
general secretary40.00%EN01/10/201710/01/2017
Names Lang Count
Lincoln LewisEN100.00%
Lincoln LewisIT0.00%
Lincoln LewisES0.00%
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Lincoln Lewis

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Lincoln Lewis said : “Unfortunately, bowing to international pressure the President agreed to a recount that has proven to be a huge, but quite a revealing disaster,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, July 29, 2020 2:43:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis explained ( about Bharrat Jagdeo ) : “Others have pointed fingers of accusation at Leader of the PPP/C Bharrat Jagdeo, identified as the mastermind behind the massive irregularities- much of which is a soft word for rigging-unearthed during the recount in PPP/C areas, particularly the lower East Coast of Demerara,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, July 29, 2020 2:43:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said ( about Claudette Singh ) : “Today I call on the Chair, Justice Claudette Singh to draw the strength and fearlessness of all her ancestors who fought to free Guyana from the yolk of colonial domination to attain an independent Guyana. Let moral conscience compliment your jurisprudence, to be true to your record as a SITTING judge and denounce electoral fraud, regardless of its source and magnitude,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, July 29, 2020 2:43:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “We must not be misled by loud voices, by titles, by media, by threats, nor by those who seek to make us impotent in our responses by shaming us with lies and misrepresentation of who we are based on our looks, political and other associations. We are seeing efforts at this right now in our society. We do not want it! We cannot develop, nor live in peace as a nation under such conditions, and we open the doors for our country to be taken advantage of by predatory forces of all sorts, who seek to exploit our wealth and divide,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Sunday, May 3, 2020 8:16:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “We come today primarily to remind everyone that as a labour movement, we have permanent interest and that interest includes protecting and advancing the gains of our predecessors, our forebearers in fact, who have fought and have made this country acquire Independence and Republican status. While we are observing and calling on every worker, every Guyanese, to observe the measures in the fight against this pandemic, we feel compelled that today we will have to come out here and lay at least one wreath at the foot of the statue of Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow, Father of Trade Unionism in the British Empire. It is he who had made it possible for us to start electing persons who will enter the National Assembly to advance our interest and protect our rights,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, April 27, 2020 8:35:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “What is instructive about the PPP is that that government took time in making sure the final and legal transfer of these properties were never brought to finality. The reason behind this behaviour, is that if for any reason whenever one wants to approach the bank or third party to be involved in any business it will require permission from the government to do so. As such, if the person to whom the property is given should take a position that conflicts with the government, the owner will never be able to get the support or comfort to do any business with a bank or third party,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 3, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “I believe that the Authority are clear in their mind as to what the workers are about. More so, they are conscious that this is a matter of national character that borders on the raping of our national sovereignty,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “Are we going to have this when all bauxite workers are doing is standing up for their rights. Are the people of Guyana going to allow this? We have to ask ourselves what is going on,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:53:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “I understand the importance of upholding the Rule of Law,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:53:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “No one wants to hold RUSAL accountable for its actions from since they came here,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:53:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “They are going there asking RUSAL to reemploy these people when RUSAL carry away all the mining equipment,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:53:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “We will agree, as a union, to facilitate, the process in having the river unblocked but a number of things have to be satisfied. Negotiations is not you get everything and walk away. You have to address these things. When they’ve finished discussing [salaries and wages] there will have to be retroactivity. As such, the people who were sent home, on termination, their terminal benefit will have to be adjusted right away, nobody wants to talk about that,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, February 7, 2020 8:17:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “This opportunity is taken to remind Permyakov it is often through extreme vigilance change comes. Changes in the world don’t always come from talking to people across the table alone, but change comes in many instances when force was matched equally with force. Workers tried all measure of peaceful conflict resolution and they are being blocked from this by RUSAL,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, February 3, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “GBGWU calls for arbitration. Now! GBGWU calls for declaration of an impasse to be followed immediately by arbitration. The Union calls also on the Guyanese community, our trade union comrades and the media to rally around bauxite workers in exposing and fighting the injustices meted out to them,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, February 3, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis stated : “He thinks the company cannot negotiate ‘with a gun to your head’, the reality is there are times in the world when nothing has been resolved unless people stand on firm ground to make changes. Guyana too has a proud history and legacy of struggles and none will take from us what we took hundreds of years to achieve, i.e. human rights and a nation state” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, February 3, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “RUSAL has successfully, over the years by some measure, rendered the Department of Labour ineffective in dealing with them,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, February 3, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “GB&GWU is forced to recognise the actions of the frustrated persons to block the river as an act of desperation to bring about social justice when all legal and procedural avenues have been stymied by inaction, foot-dragging and misrepresentation of advice on best practices,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, February 3, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “While RUSAL is not prepared to honour the Laws of Guyana, they are prepared to turn the Government of Guyana against the workers of Guyana,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, February 3, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “Workers are prepared to return to work under these conditions which were communicated to the company,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, February 3, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis told : “evidently we are facing the fight for our life to preserve who we are as a sovereign nation and people. The Government of Guyana, from the inception of this impasse-10 years ago- has always had the support of the people to do what is right, what the people are asking- Does our government support us in taking a stand against the relentless attack on our sovereignty and birthright? Time and events will tell,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, January 31, 2020 7:52:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis argued : “Evidently, the company has thrown down the gauntlet to the Government and People of Guyana as to who they think is in charge or want Guyanese to feel is in charge- i.e. the Russian management and by extension Russia! This is naked bullyism or pushing the button further to secure an outcome not in Guyanese best interest. Whereas Guyanese own 10 percent of the shares in BCGI, lest it be forgotten, both local and foreign-owned company, once they do business in Guyana, are subject to the Laws of Guyana. This is what the workers of BCGI and the communities in the immediate environs, where the company operates, have been demanding. Respect! Guyanese, through determination and sustained efforts, have been seeking to have RUSAL desist from operating as though Aroaima is a state within Guyana,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, January 31, 2020 7:52:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis asserted : “Management should not be fooled in thinking that it can declare war on our laws, our sovereignty, our citizens, and we can’t fight back,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, January 31, 2020 7:52:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis contended ( about General Secretary ) : “This is a blatant attempt by Russia in seeking to position itself in this hemisphere in its quest for global dominance and Guyana must not become its satellite state. The timing of this unprovoked conflict is also suspect- it is not accident but strategic in light of the nation facing General and Regional Elections in few weeks which can create social upheavals and or influence the results,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, January 31, 2020 7:52:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis declared : “RUSAL another major company who can also make their payments, have not been doing so and what is heart troubling is that while Bosai has a government representative on their board, RUSAL doesn’t have, and it is time that Government recognises that this has to be immediately addressed,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Thursday, January 30, 2020 7:50:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “The company has received over the years a number of tax concessions and it is unfair and unjust for them today to say to this nation that their performance is uneconomical, when in fact the senior managers in this company receive in excess of US$30,000 per month. It is in the balance sheet. Even their auditor said that they cannot verify the numbers that are in the book, in a number of areas,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, November 25, 2019 8:27:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “As we speak about local content the union is convinced that for Troy Resources local content means the creating of jobs that are below the standards established by the ILO [International Labour Organistation]. Conditions that are unsafe and more so paying wages that are not commensurate to an operation of its nature,” “Today we are hearing that they are considering to do underground mining. And we hope that the EPA, the GGMC and the OHSD will hold these people accountable; because if they can’t be trusted in performing a proficient job in managing an open-cast mine, God help the workers who they are prepared to send underground” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, November 25, 2019 8:27:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “Troy Resources was written to around May [2018] by the PUGWU asking for negotiations [on wages and salaries]. They took a long time and when a reminder was sent to them in August, they said that the proposal was with the CEO and he is the persons who wants to deal with it himself. But in fact we cannot remember meeting this man, for the last two years we haven’t met this man,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, November 25, 2019 8:27:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “They immediately sent out a circular to the workers stating that they are not in a position to pay increased wages and salaries; this was done before any engagement with the union. The union at that time, recognising that the company has taken a position of reluctance to discuss wages and salaries, wrote tthe DoL requesting conciliation and a meeting was convened early August. Minister Scott advised them that what they were doing was in bad faith and requested that the circular be withdrawn… they gave the commitment themselves to withdraw the circular. But instead of withdrawing the circular, they presented what we consider another nasty circular accusing the union and other personnel of behaving in bad faith,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, November 25, 2019 8:27:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said ( about Amna Ally ) : “On every occasion that they said that managers are not on site the union’s representatives took out their photographs. On the 1 or 4 November we wrote them. The company wrote back stating that no senior manager is in the country. But the following day in afternoon hours the senior managers met with Amna Ally in their office,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, November 25, 2019 8:27:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “Certainly, bauxite mining operations are still going on and the RUSAL managers still appear very much engaged in wages discussions even though they remain bent on getting their own way,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, November 22, 2019 9:39:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis stated : “The two-term limit broadens the spectrum for more Guyanese participating at this level of decision-making and said office. It is hoped members of the respective political parties and people of Guyana will see this as a positive sign for our fledgling democracy, and be encouraged to further activities to deepen and strengthen our various rules and laws to give more meaning to our Constitution” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, November 18, 2019 8:21:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis explained : “We are saying we want parity in the pay and that is a sticking point,” “Rusal has to pay. The workers said that they are prepared to go the distance” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Sunday, October 27, 2019 8:19:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis explained : “We are saying we want parity in the pay and that is a sticking point,” “Rusal has to pay. The workers said that they are prepared to go the distance” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:22:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “These foreign companies come in here and consider Guyana to be a low wage destination,” “And they feel they can do anything because you have agencies such as the labour department that don’t have the resources to go out there to monitor them” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Sunday, October 20, 2019 8:21:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis noted : “I would not say whether right or wrong, it is for the ministers to say if they are operating in the confines of the law. Whatever we do, we cannot just do what we feel, we have to been guided. Whatever Troy does must be guided by the laws and institution,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, October 18, 2019 12:20:00 PM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “so explicitly opted to include what in effect is an anti-union sentiment in its employment contract,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, September 20, 2019 9:57:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis told : “We talk about the oil and gas sector opening up opportunities for Guyanese of all walks of life, but what we have seen so far is an aggressive push by the private sector in the area of Local Content while little or nothing is being said or done for that matter about creating opportunities that would realize the dreams of ordinary Guyanese whose only ambition is to secure jobs that pay fair wages and salaries to help them lift themselves life themselves out of poverty. There is something fundamentally wrong with that formula,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis informed : “We are far from having an agreement, very far from having an agreement. I am not guided by atmosphere, I am guided by results. We are far from moving towards having an agreement on this issue of wages and salaries,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, August 27, 2019 10:06:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis noted : “The time between one meeting and the other is not encouraging. The culture here is you meet every week, sometimes every day, if you have to, to hammer out a situation; their situation you have to wait two months before you can meet and you have to raise other concerns before you meet. We are far from an agreement and you are not requesting that we meet as we ought to?” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, August 27, 2019 10:06:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis explained : “We are asking very clear for parity in the bauxite industry. In pay in the bauxite industry in Linden and the bauxite industry in Berbice, there is a disparity, you must pay the same thing. The characteristics may be different. In Linden, if you want chemical grade bauxite, there is a mine that you have to go to, if you need metrological grade bauxite, you may have to go to a separate mine, but in Berbice, all the bauxite is in one mine. The bauxite in Linden is deeper. So your operation cost is less in Berbice because the mines are shallow, so all that we’re saying is pay the same thing,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, August 27, 2019 10:06:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis told : “We expect that this discussion will be swift and we either come to an agreement or we move next to arbitration,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, August 24, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “We have received from BCGI a proposal that we consider unacceptable, we did not expect better from them and it is for that reason that we advised that we will be proceeding to conciliation,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, August 24, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis told : “the behaviour of foreign companies already working in Guyana ought to serve as a signal that we cannot assume that some of those who are still to come will not seek to go down the same road. Our laws, our institutions and our enforcement capabilities must be ready to deal with that,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, August 23, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis affirmed : “This union is prepared to go the distance, even if it requires going to the end of the earth. We shall pursue justice on behalf of our members and the workers employed by BCGI,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “We have received from BCGI a proposal that we consider unacceptable, we did not expect better from them and it is for that reason that we advised that we will be proceeding to conciliation. We have today dispatched a letter to the Labour Department requesting conciliatory procedures. We expect that within the week we shall have a response from the Chief Labour Officer [Charles Ogle] advising to a date for the conciliation. Understand that any failure at conciliation shall proceed to arbitration,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “The major element is the President taking the opportunity to come to talk about the issue; put his side in a very cogent way,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, July 26, 2019 8:02:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “As they talk about the windfall they will be getting from oil, it may be the right place for them to put some money in the NIS so when people lose their jobs, they can get unemployment benefits,” External link

guyanachronicle Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis told : “We call for the establishment of free dialysis service delivered from a central point where all can access,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Friday, May 3, 2019 7:44:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said ( about Commission ) : “If [the Guyana Elections Commission] can’t work and the commissioners breaking up meeting and walking out, then all you will have to say is ‘don’t pay those people’. I want to tell you this is serious business. You can’t get one standard for the political operatives and then another standard for the man down here,” External link

stabroeknews Thursday, May 2, 2019 10:16:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “Let us…demand that they earn their pay by serving us justly in and out of government. These leaders who are paid by the people owe it to the people to conduct the business of the electorate. Those who do not go to the National Assembly must not be paid because the people who they represent when they strike are not paid,” External link

stabroeknews Thursday, May 2, 2019 10:16:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis noted ( about Amna Ally ) : “The BCGI struggle demonstrates that the trade union movement is not only alive but still relevant. This opportunity is taken to recognise the contribution of the Minister of Social Protection Amna Ally to the recently-concluded struggle between the GBGWU and RUSAL/BCGI. She has done what none before her, with similar power, has done, that is stand up to a global giant to protect the sovereignty of this nation and the workers of Guyana,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, May 2, 2019 8:45:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “As a people, we must acknowledge that being a Member of Parliament (MP) in any capacity, in any country, is a distinguished achievement whether or not the performance is similarly distinguished. Abdul Kadir is one such distinguished Guyanese among several who have served this country in the National Assembly,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, April 29, 2019 10:59:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “I am sure the family, friends, people who loved him and the people of Guyana, in spite of his outstanding service and contributions to our country, were affected when he was accused and convicted of terrorism. Without a doubt, it brought shock, disbelief, shame, condemnation, dismay, anger and other emotions to his loved ones and countrymen,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, April 29, 2019 10:59:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : "Having your number, address, personal details illegally obtained and photos doctored was scary," External link

abc-au Tuesday, April 9, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : "Social media can be great but also a scary place as there are sick twisted people out there," External link

abc-au Tuesday, April 9, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “We want to see reinstatement rather than re-employment. A lot of people are caught with the issue of ‘reemploy’. ‘Re-employ’ means new contracts; ‘reinstatement’ means we’ll continue with the old contract; your seniorities and your salaries will remain,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, March 20, 2019 8:32:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis explained : “The company needs to come back to us on that question. They’ve proposed that the check-off for union dues commence immediately after returning to normalcy. After that we’ll have the removal of the barricades” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, March 20, 2019 8:32:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “All indications give us the signal that they [RUSAL] are prepared to sit and work [with us],” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, March 20, 2019 8:32:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “We have decided that we need to meet bilaterally starting on Friday,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, March 13, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “The union shall submit to the company, a list which will form part of the discussion,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, March 13, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis explained ( about Amna Ally ) : “He said he’s working closely [with] Minister [of Social Protection] Amna Ally and the matter with RUSAL [BCGI’s parent company] will be discussed amongst the ministers at the plenary tomorrow [today],” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “We heard that they want to set up a technical committee, but we would prefer that the matter go to arbitration,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, March 6, 2019 7:54:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “We heard that they want to set up a technical committee but we would prefer that the matter go to arbitration,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, March 5, 2019 9:03:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis asserted : “What we have not been doing is monitoring…dealing with Rusal as a company like every other company and every other business,” External link

kaieteurnewsonline Friday, February 22, 2019 7:32:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis asserted : “This is customary with the Russians. In 2009, they put the condition that they will be ready to meet with the union, providing that [union representatives Leslie] Gonsalves and Carlton Sinclair are not members of the delegation. It’s a tactic to stall the process, that’s how they behave. There is no way that we as a union can decide who will be the company’s representatives. Not even the labour department or the ministry can decide who will represent the union” “We’ve had a new branch, new leaders that have written them [BCGI] to have meetings and they decide that they will talk with one person. They would call one person and say: ‘Don’t worry with this union thing, we will talk to you, you will represent the workers’, or say ‘we can deal with you but we can’t deal with the rest of them’” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Lincoln Lewis explained : “The one per cent is the straw that broke the camel’s back. Over the years, they’ve been dismissing people, suspending people, cut out benefits, for instance, holiday with pay; they’ve cut out that, the question of vacation benefits they cut that. You cannot cut somebody’s employment conditions arbitrarily, it has to be agreed on. This has been existing since between 2009 to now, and we have been writing this company, copying to the labour department about meeting to discuss these matters and they’re deciding that they will not, so the strike is the recourse” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:32:00 PM EAT

Lincoln Lewis asserted : “This is customary with the Russians. In 2009 they put the condition that they will be ready to meet with the Union, providing that [Union representatives Leslie] Gonsalves and Carlton Sinclair are not members of the delegation. It’s a tactic to stall the process that’s how they behave. There is no way that we as a Union can decide who will be the company’s representatives. Not even the labor department or the Ministry can decide who will represent the Union,” “We’ve had a new branch, new leaders that have written them [BCGI] to have meetings and they decide that they will talk with one person. They would call one person and say: ‘don’t worry with this Union thing we will talk to you, you will represent the workers’, or say ‘we can deal with you but we can’t deal with the rest of them,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:41:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis explained : “The one percent is the straw that broke the camel’s back. Over the years they’ve been dismissing people, suspending people, cut out benefits, for instance holiday with pay they’ve cut out that, the question of vacation benefits they cut that. You cannot cut somebody’s employment conditions arbitrarily it has to be agreed on. This has been existing since between 2009 to now, and we have been writing this company, copying to the labor department, about meeting to discuss these matters and they’re deciding that they will not so the strike is the recourse,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:41:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis stated : “GTUC maintains its concern on Rights and the Rule of Law, and the application of justice for all. The election issue before us today is not about the President or leader of the opposition. It is not about the respective political party’s interest. It is about we the people, the working-class people, who deserve justice in every aspect of Guyana’s governance, for this in effect impacts on our collective well-being and our way forward as a united and productive nation,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, February 13, 2019 7:53:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “It is also unfortunate that that particular (UN) statement became the panacea or only value in a series of statements that, should attention be paid to, the overall thrust focuses on inclusion, people’s empowerment and the importance of the vote and education of the masses,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:05:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “The concern is in this moment of political hype, better judgement must prevail, so that we do not ignore efforts by the EU and UN, asking and expecting of us a higher degree of political maturity. Politicians and society will do disservice to the call by these two organisations for an inclusive society [and] respect for the constitution if they ignore or misuse these statements, if they fail to see our ‘diversity and experience are assets,’ the call for transparency; every one’s voices and votes being counted which can be interpreted as ensuring a credible Voters List and a credible process. This is only possible if collectively we put Guyana first and heed the goodwill expressed for Guyana’s success and sustainable development,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:05:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said : “The workers were heartened that RUSAL has already signaled by way of a proposed memorandum that they would pay the overtime,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, January 11, 2017 7:57:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis told : “The meeting was cordial. I cannot go any further. There was a discussion and there is an understanding on both sides that there are problems to be addressed and that addressing those problems is a process,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, December 16, 2016 9:23:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis declared : “While the GTUC still awaits a date with the APNU+AFC government for engagement across the table as a stakeholder in society with specific constitutional responsibilities, the opposition is having engagement with the trade union and civil society. What this is saying to society, and it must not be ignored, is that the opposition’s conduct, in this specific case, is giving meaning to Article 13 in the Guyana Constitution,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, December 4, 2016 9:30:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis told : “Either they respect the law or an alternative has to be done,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:16:00 PM EAT

Lincoln Lewis stated : “These matters have direct impact on the survival and well-being of our right to exist as a stakeholder in this society, and be part of the decision-making processes that affect the well-being of our membership,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, September 23, 2016 8:45:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis declared : “On every occasion that the ministry has met with the BCGI on RUSAL, the issue of engaging with the trade union has not been discussed. What they are doing [is that] they are walking around that issue; they have never said, and they do not say, that the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers’ Union (GB&GWU) is the recognised trade union for the workers; they [are] always talking in abstract about respecting [the] workers’ right to join a union,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, September 23, 2016 8:45:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis charged ( about Labour Organization ) : “So it comes over as if the Government or the Ministry of Labour is an accomplice of the act of seeking to keep the union from representing the workers,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, September 23, 2016 8:45:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis stated : “These matters have direct impact on the survival and well-being of our right to exist as a stakeholder in this society, and be part of the decision-making processes that affect the well-being of our membership,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, September 20, 2016 7:25:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis declared ( about General Secretary ) : “On every occasion that the Ministry has met with the BCGI on RUSAL, the issue of engaging with the trade union has not been discussed. What they are doing (is that) they are walking around that issue; they have never said, and they do not say, that the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers’ Union (GB&GWU) is the recognised trade union for the workers; they (are) always talking in abstract about respecting (the) workers’ right to join a union,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, September 20, 2016 7:25:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis charged ( about Labour Organization ) : “So it comes over as if the Government or the Ministry of Labour is an accomplice of the act of seeking to keep the union from representing the workers,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, September 20, 2016 7:25:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis noted : “This is a step in the right direction given that Guyana is a nation of laws and the respect, in this instance, to comply with the Constitution in dealing with this matter augurs well for all. The process must therefore be allowed to proceed unhindered by anyone” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, September 19, 2016 7:01:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis noted : “Appointment of the tribunal is satisfying the constitutional requirement to deal with the Duncan matter, and the conclusion of the inquiry is what the President is expected to act upon,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, September 19, 2016 7:01:00 AM EAT

Lincoln Lewis said ( about Bharrat Jagdeo ) : “I find Jagdeo’s (unwillingness) to respect the Constitution characteristic of his nature. During his presidency, acceptable universal principles, laws, rules, conventions and charters meant nothing to him if they could not serve his self-interest. The country was managed without regard for (universally) acceptable practices, people’s rights were transgressed, and witch-hunting (was) the order of the day” External link

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Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
secretary60.00%EN01/10/201710/01/2017
general secretary40.00%EN01/10/201710/01/2017
Names Lang Count
Lincoln LewisEN100.00%
Lincoln LewisIT0.00%
Lincoln LewisES0.00%
Lincoln LewisDE0.00%


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