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, are reporting openings for harvesters, spray hands, Bell Loader operators and planters, among others.Last week, an estimated 800 workers from Wales who were harvesting canes at Uitvlugt, took strike action demanding benefits’ pay. The workers returned after one day after GuySuCo promised to make payments by this week.The industry, faced with its lowest production in almost two decades in 2010 as well as a massive loss to revenues due to lower world prices,cheap jerseys
, were forced to carry forward over 400,000 tonnes of canes to this year.A plan to have workers operate through the holidays was shelved because of low turnout, which averaged over 52% last year, another low for the industry.While the traditional first crop for sugar would commence in February, GuySuCo had decided to start early with canes on the ground and industry in sore need of cash from its exported sugar.However, the strikes, which totaled over 250 last year alone, are continuing.