Aurora Gold Mine grants 7.6% quarterly bonus to workers

first_img…promises to deliberate on NIS, compensationAurora Gold Mine (AGM) on Saturday issued notices to its workers, granting them their second quarterly bonus and further committing towards progress on unionisation, compensation and other issues that were raised when the workers initiated strike actions.One miner shared that since the appointment of new human resources personnel, they have seen improvement in working conditions.A letter was issued to employees by the Chief Operation Officer, Suresh Kalathil, granting the second quarterly bonus of 7.6 per cent on July 25, while asserting that the formula for the next bonus will be reviewed.The notice, seen by this publication, indicated that a Site Compensation Committee will be established by August 31, to review “compensation related issues including those related to contract employment”.By October, the final report will be produced. Contributions to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) will also be reviewed.As it relates to severance payments, Kalathil stated, “In all cases where termination of employment is required, AGM will abide by the Employment Legislation and Regulations of Guyana. As this topic relates to the possible Aurora Mining Alliance, I state that no decision has been made yet regarding this possible venture”.Nevertheless, they have agreed to foster discussions on the unionisation of workers, a factor which was heavily opposed in the inception. Town hall meetings will be held with staffers to ensure that the yearly target is achieved.Canadian-based Guyana Gold Fields is the parent company behind AGM’s operations. Earlier this month, over 200 workers had downed their tools and initiated strike actions for two days after calls mounted for them to be officially represented by a union and other improved working conditions and wages. They are demanding better wages, better quality food and laundry services, out of town allowance, missing NIS contributions and severance payments.While some opted to head home during the strike, others headed down to the Social Protection Ministry’s Labour Department after leaving the mines. This publication spoke to several workers, including one who revealed what concerns drove the workers to strike.“There were certain concerns raised by those who were contract workers for four years and so on, and they haven’t been given any confirmation. There are cases where some workers are truck drivers and others are utility operators. That means they can operate many other equipment. And they’re paid on the same rate as the truck drivers,” the worker said.Because of these actions, the company stated that three days without operation resulted in an estimated 22,500 ounces of unprocessed ore. Despite this, the company claimed a few days ago that Aurora Gold Mine recorded a 45 per cent increase in gold production.It produced 37,000 ounces of gold for the second quarter of 2019 and a total of 74,000 ounces for the first half of the year.On this note, the company said that it is on track to achieve its 2019 production, which ranges from 145,000 to 160,000 ounces of gold.Aurora Gold Minelast_img read more

Harmanpreet Singh’s Brace Guides India Men’s Hockey Team to 6-1 Win over Spain

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Braceharmanpreet singhhockey indiaIndia First Published: September 29, 2019, 8:29 AM IST Antwerp: Dragflicker Harmanpreet Singh scored a brace as the Indian men’s hockey team defeated world number 8 Spain 6-1 in their second match of Tour of Belgium here on Saturday.Harmanpreet (28th, 32nd minutes), skipper Manpreet Singh (24th), Nilakanta Sharma (39th), Mandeep Singh (56th) and Rupinderpal Singh (59th) were the goal scorers as world number 5 India capped off a brilliant performance. India started the match aggressively and almost immediately were in the ascendancy by creating problems for the Spanish defence with a host of circle penetrations.Despite the possession, India found it tough to win a penalty corner or create clear scoring opportunities in the first quarter.It was, in fact, Spain who won the first penalty corner of the game towards the end of the first quarter, forcing India’s goalkeeper PR Sreejesh into a fine, reflex save to keep the scores level.India started making more inroads towards the Spanish goal in the second quarter, and forced Spanish custodian Quico Cortes to make some smart saves.Finally in the 24th minute, it was captain Manpreet who broke the deadlock as he slotted home to give India the lead.Within four minutes, the lead was doubled as Harmanpreet scored India’s second of the game from a penalty corner.However, it was Spain’s turn to open their account as they pulled a goal back right before half-time, which meant the teams went into break with India leading 2-1.India pressed hard after the change of ends and their efforts bore fruit when Harmanpreet scored his second of the day by converting another penalty corner in the 32nd minute to restore his side’s two-goal cushion.Midfielder Nilakanta Sharma then scored a superb field goal in the 39th minute to make it 4-1 in India’s favour at the end of the third quarter.India kept control of the game in the final quarter and showed their quality as they did not allow Spain any chance to mount a comeback.In the 56th minute, Mandeep scored India’s fifth goal before Rupinder converted a penalty corner just a minute from the hooter to register the comfortable win for his side.India will take on Spain again in the third match of the tour of Belgium on Sunday. last_img read more