GuySuCo worker struggles to get compensation, NIS benefits

 By KNews


After working with the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) for three decades, until an accident forced him off the job four years ago, Jagdesh Persaud claims that he is being pushed around in his claims for compensation from the Corporation and benefits from the National Insurance Scheme (NIS).

Persaud, of 165 Leonora Parafield, West Coast Demerara, started working with the Corporation in 1976 as an ordinary worker, and until the time of his accident, he worked as a tractor operator. On December 31, 2006, Persaud was getting off the tractor when he slipped and fell, injuring his back.
However, he has not yet received compensation from the Corporation, and he says after paying NIS over those years he should be entitled to benefits as he is now unable to work and take care of his family.
On July 4, 2007, Persaud appeared before the Medical Board of the NIS, which found that he had a degenerative disease of his entire spinal column and that he is incapable of working because of the industrial accident.
However, in two months time, Persaud was called again before another Medical Board of the NIS. This time the ruling was there was no disability arising out of the accident and there was no incapacity to work relative to the accident.
The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) protested the second decision of the NIS Medical Board, pointing out the findings of the first Medical Board report that Persaud’s condition was as a result of the industrial accident.
The NIS decided to set up another Medical Board and to have Persaud appear before it in January, 2008. This time, the Medical Board said “there is incapacity for work as a cane cutter” and recommended a Permanent Partial Disability of five percent to take care of the injuries.
Persaud said he had received $200,000 from the NIS, but said that he should be receiving regular benefits, having contributed to the Scheme over those long 30 years he worked with the Corporation.
The man has received no compensation for the Sugar Corporation, which had promised to look into his claim. The man said he is always promised a call whenever he enquires, but nothing has resulted after three years of running around.

Thursday, April 01, 2010