Field workers attached to two gangs at the Blairmont Sugar Estate are on strike over a price dispute with management and in two days have cost the estate to lose 527 man days.The workers began their industrial action on Thursday after being unable to come to an agreement with management over the price being paid per bed of cane. The workers are claiming that the cane is spaced and short which would result in them receiving low tonnage, hence the request for a higher price.Two hundred and forty workers attached to 61B Gang showed up for work on Thursday but did not work, while 260 workers attached to QHE6 Gang showed up on Thursday and took strike action. On Friday, all of the 240 workers attached to 61B took strike action while 145 showed up for work from QHE6 Gang and 97 refused to work.The workers are also concerned about the state of the roads leading to the cane fields. The striking cane harvesters are being backed by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU).Regional Branch Coordinator of GAWU Harvey Tambron says management benefited from a long out of crop period which could have been utilised to repair the roads. “Management had enough time to repair the roads. The roads are in a bad condition.” Tambron noted that management had the materials to carry out road repair during the out of crop period. He said the work could have been contracted to harvesters.The Blairmont Estate which commenced grinding on Saturday had a target of 20,281 tons for this crop.
In a one-day classical performance by top Liberian turntable maestro DJ blue, ended the first international video mix with success, at the Royal Plus club.According to DJ Blue, the show was the official launching of the self-sponsored Liberia International Video Mix to be done across the fifteen counties.He said the show aimed to give the public the opportunity to see some of the artists whose songs are on the video mix performing live.“I’m going to use funds raised from this show to engage into massive production of the video mix, since the first production is almost out of stock” says DJ Blue.Fans paid L$200 to enter and received one copy each of the video mix disc free, as appreciation.DJ Blue told LIB Life last month in an interview that the aim of the video mix disc production is to promote Liberian artists based at home and abroad, to their own people and show what they are doing.Quincy B, F.A, Soul Fresh, Tan Tan, Ericgeso and a host of big names in the industry rocked the stage with outstanding performances at the show. The event had a full house, with fans from across Monrovia, mostly youth, who turned up for the show.Quincy B said the show was great and appreciated the level of support given to them by the Liberia people.A number of fans at the show said they were happy that 2015 began with a good resolution from music promoters and artists, to provide access to live performance of the fans’ favorite artists.“I’m pleased with the level of support Lberian are are now giving the industry. I hope we can continue patronizing it,” said Enoch Brown, who is a great fan of Soul Fresh.“Even though the show was great, but the delay in the starting time was very unpleasant,” said Emmanuel Toe, Jr. “For me I respect time and if this continue fans will lose interest in attending these shows.”However, he said this a good start for the growth of the industry.“I’m very grateful to the musician, fans and management of the Royal Plus International,” DJ Blue said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)